Listen to Mary Magdalene!

Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.”(NIV)

 

Now the disciples were all shaken.  Mary Magdalene had seen the Lord. They had never known her to tell an untruth, and her joy was unmistakable.  A stranger off the street would find Mary Magdalene’s story credible.  It was entirely true.

Mary left to find Mother Mary and the friends, and they walked all the streets of Jerusalem praising God and telling everyone that Jesus was alive.

They stopped at the woodshop of James and Jude who gave hugs to each and every friend and their Mother. They had no problem believing that Jesus was alive.  Mother Mary was like a young girl again, as she twirled and danced down the streets.

 

 The joy of the women was a living testimonial to the fact that Jesus had beaten death and was indeed alive.  Everyone in Jerusalem knew Mother Mary and her friends.  They clapped together and sang with happiness as they saw the women dancing and singing down the streets of Jerusalem.

 

Jesus thought that the women would certainly be able to convince the disciples that He was alive.  He saw that the women would not be enough to break the Lucifer curse he had put on the disciples on Thursday. He would need to make a couple of appearances and soon, so they could see He had indeed risen from the dead.

 

 

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Why at this exact moment?

Why at this exact moment?

 This was the exact time when the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover dinner. The earth shook in a terrible earthquake.  The sun had been dark for hours.   People who had been dead for years got out of their graves and walked into the city.  The Roman centurion in charge said,” Surely this was a righteous man.” 

 

John the apostle, Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and Salome watched the Roman soldier break the legs of the others on the crosses, and then come over to pierce the side of Jesus, knowing he was dead.  The blood and water of Jesus gushed out of his body, which is impossible to happen to people after they have died. This fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and “they will look on the one they have pierced.”

 

From a distance they also watched two members of the Sanhedrin, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, secret followers of Jesus Christ, take down his body. They took it to the tomb nearby owned by Joseph and just recently cut in the stone.  He had seventy–five pounds of spices with him, wrapped the body in strips of linen, then in myrrh and aloes, and rolled the massive stone in front of the tomb.

 

John, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene walked back into Jerusalem slowly without saying a word, with tears silently running down their cheeks.  John had a house close to Mother Mary and said, “Come over tonight.

Mother Mary started to shake her head no, but Mary Magdalene said, “Go ahead, Mother Mary. It is what your son wanted you to do. I will take care of the donkeys and see you tomorrow.”

 

The tears started running down Mother Mary’s face, and John reached for her hand, and they walked the short distance to his house.  Mary Magdalene went and fed the donkeys, not knowing that John Mark had already fed them.  Being a young colt, it seemed Ezekiel had a bottomless stomach and he was perfectly fine with some extra oats.  Mother Mary was having the same feelings; only she felt it was a bottomless heart.  She had said to the apostle John, “How can this all be happening?   Did you see any of the disciples at all today?”

 

EXCERPT NUMBER FOUR

And for this sentence of truth, the Sanhedrin, the council of the temple, decided to put Jesus, the Savior of the World, to death. The man they had all just see put an ear back on a man’s head that night, raise Lazarus from the dead, and in their own temple watch Jesus heal the blind, the deaf, the lame; decided that such a healer and teacher of all people must die before the Passover.

Jesus looked at them and said, “And you will see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming on the clouds.”

 The old men of the Sanhedrin just started screaming, “You will die!”  They spit on him, and hit him with their fists. (NIV)

 

The Pharisees and the Sadducees could yell all they wanted, ‘you will die, ‘ but even the donkeys Hannah and Ezekiel knew that a religious temple council cannot actually execute a man.  Only the Roman governor had the power to put a criminal to death and his name was Pontius Pilate.

 

Caiaphas and the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders of the Jews, would take Jesus to Pontius Pilate. They must tell a Roman that a Jew must die because he said he is the Christ, a person saying, I am the Christ, is not a crime worthy of death- yet the death of Jesus was the only punishment the Sanhedrin would accept.

 

Judas was also headed to the temple with his 30 pieces of silver.  Apparently he had heard that his little kiss was going to cost Jesus, his friend of three years, his life, and all of a sudden, the silver just didn’t seem that important.   He told the chief priest he had made a mistake and Caiaphas stood up and laughed at Judas.

Judas threw the silver that had been so important to him the night before, on the floor of temple, went out the door, out of the city, and took his own life. It was a gruesome death and fitting for the man who betrayed the Savior who would save all believers from our sins.  Later on when the priests heard that Judas was dead, they picked up the 30 pieces of silver and bought some land for a burial ground for unknown people; and buried the body of Judas there. It was called the Potter’s Field, and it yet another prophecy spoken in the Old Testament and fulfilled in the New Testament.

 

Mother Mary and friends got to the temple just as the guards were taking Jesus to the palace of Pontius Pilate.  As women, they had to stand in the back of the crowd, but there they could observe everyone. They heard Pontius Pilate ask Jesus,” Are you king of the Jews?”

 

Jesus replied,” Yes, it is as you say.”   Pontius Pilate listened as the chief priests went on and on and on with all sorts of accusations.   Jesus didn’t look at them and he didn’t even answer or look at them.   Pontius Pilate had never seen anyone who accused of a crime, facing the death penalty, behaving as if he had superiority over these people and he was the king.

Pontius Pilate heard that Jesus was from the province of Galilee. Therefore, Jesus should go to the King of Galilee, Herod; the man who beheaded and killed John the Baptist could take this problem off of Pilate’s hands. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and did not want to crucify him.

 

 Herod thought Jesus might do a miracle or even talk to him, to get out of being killed, he was mistaken.  Herod saw he was wasting his time, so he jokingly put kingly purple robe and a crown of thorns (which symbolizes sin) on him, and sent him back to Pontius Pilate. 

 

The wife of Pontius Pilate told her husband that she had had a terrifying dream about Jesus and the frightening consequences if Pilate put him to death. He listened to her, and he listened to Herod.  In the end, Pontius Pilate gave in to the chief priests.  He gave the command for the crucifixion to be carried out that very day.

 

Funny, it works better when Jesus says it.

Walking back to Bethany in silence, each one was deep in thought about what had transpired that afternoon.   Finally Jesus broke the silence and said, “How about that Andrew? How many men did he throw across the room”?

 

Andrew answered, “Seven, Lord.”

 

Laughing loudly with Andrew, the disciples had to stop.   Now each one decided to tell about how good it felt to throw the crooks and their birds out of the sanctuary. When they started walking again, all were still laughing and talking as they entered Lazarus’s house.

 

 The brothers who were the sons of Zebedee were walking over to talk to Jesus.   “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” (NIV)

 

Our mother Salome, because she is your earthly relation, wants us to ask for a favor. We are pretty embarrassed to ask you, but Mother insisted.  She knows that you are the Messiah, the Savior of the World.

 

Jesus folded his arms and said,” I know both of your parents have a very strong faith. I love them, just as I love you. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

 

‘They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”

 

“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

 

 “We can,” they answered.

 

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” (NIV)

 

 ‘When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NIV)

 

Later on John had a chance to talk to his brother James. “That didn’t go well did it?”

 

James replied,   “Mother. We knew in our hearts what Jesus would say.  We could have stayed with Father and fished day after day, but we chose Jesus and to follow all his teachings.  Do you think we should say something to Him about how we should have known better than question Him?”

 

John looked at his brother. “Have you not noticed yet that Jesus knows everything, including our thoughts?   He knew our thoughts then and he knows now.   We just need to do what he told us to do; serving others. At least, that is what I am going to do, and not worry about how important I am to my parents or anyone else I know.  I followed John the Baptist, and heard him say,’ there goes the Messiah.  From now on, that is who I listen to.”

James and John were the first in the door of the house of Lazarus, Martha and Mary.   “Lazarus, wake up!” yelled James and John.

Lazarus walked out into the room.  “Funny, really funny; it works better when Jesus says it.”