Jesus And Mary Magdalene

Jesus and Mary Magdalene by the tomb

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Jesus And Mary Magdalene

John 20:11-18 (A) Jesus And Mary Magdalene

JOHN 20:11-13  11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

How did Mary Magdalene get back to the tomb "where the body of Jesus had lain" (John 20:12)?
She had run after Peter and John, and either got there after they left or stayed behind after they left.

Who did Mary see inside Jesus' tomb that Peter and John didn’t see?
The two angels (again), who had either returned or had been invisible to Peter and John.

Does Mary Magdalene ask them about the risen Lord?
No, she's weeping because she doesn't "know where they have laid" (John 20:13) Jesus' body.

JOHN 20:14-17  14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”

Why didn't Mary Magdalene "know that it was Jesus" after seeing "Jesus standing there" (John 20:14) and even hearing His voice?
She was an emotional wreck at this point, she wasn't expecting Jesus to be alive, and her "weeping" (John 20:15) impaired her teary vision, hearing (her answer in John 20:15 doesn't answer Jesus' questions), and assessment (she said she can carry "away" (John 20:15) a dead man's body embalmed with "about a hundred pounds" (John 19:39) of embalming materials "as the custom of the Jews is to bury" (John 19:40).

What did she want?
She just wanted her Lord.

Is hearing Jesus' "Mary!" likely to have affected her emotions?

Why would Mary Magdalene "cling" (John 20:17) to Jesus?
She conceivably could have been trying to keep herself from fainting, but more likely, she had found her Lord and didn't want to let go.

If you had been in her position, would you have clung to Jesus?

Do you cling to Him today?

JOHN 20:18  18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

Was Mary Magdalene a former prostitute?

Was Mary Magdalene the woman caught in adultery in John chapter 8?

Did Mary Magdalene later marry Jesus and have kids with Him?
Absolutely not.

Was Mary Magdalene a disciple of Jesus out of whom demons had been cast out?
Yes: "Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities - Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance." (Luke 8:1-3) Old and new heretical claims that Mary Magdalene is a former prostitute, the woman caught in adultery and/or Jesus' wife continue to sell blasphemous books and movies but are without any shred of Biblical or other historical evidence.

What happened to Salome and Mary the mother of James?
"And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me." (Matthew 28:9-10)

So what’s the correct sequence of events?
Mary Magdalene outran the other two women and told John and Peter, who took off toward the tomb, probably on a different route. So while the two other women were still going to "tell His disciples," Jesus appeared to them as above.

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