We first meet her, by name, among the women who were ministering to Jesus of their wealth. In fact many women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities ministered unto Him from their wealth.
Luke 8:2-3 “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto Him of their substance.”
Seven demons had been cast out of her. She had been saved from great darkness, and despair.
Some believe that Mary Magdalene was the woman in the chapter right before.
Luke 7:37-38 “And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.”
Now whether she was this woman spoken of here or not, it does not say.
But the principle laid down at Simon the Pharisee’s house, is universal:
Luke 7:47 “Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the save loveth little.”
Mary Magdalene had been forgiven and healed from an horrible existence.
So she loved Jesus very much.
She was a zealous disciple of the Lord, following Him, hearing Him; and when He was tried and crucified; she did not desert Him, but was there.
(Matthew 27:50,55-56. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 23:49 ,John 19:25)
In every gospel, Mary Magdalene is seen below the cross. (In Luke she is not named, but spoken of as part of the women that ministered to Jesus.)
John 19:25 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”
Jesus, after He arose from the dead, appears to her first. Was it her fearless love which gave her this privilege?
She had come early with other women to anoint Him. Finding the tomb open and His body gone, she ran to tell the disciples.
She must have thought that they would help her find the body, for she returns to the tomb right away. But when they leave; she looks again into the tomb.
There she sees angels; but not Jesus. She barely cares about angels, it is Jesus she is seeking.
She is certain that if she could just find the body, she could take care of it. (It would have been too heavy for her)
John 20:11-13 “And Mary stood without the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the sepulcher.
And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.”
She turns from them and she sees, what she thinks is a gardener, till He speaks to her: “Mary”.
John 20:15-16 “Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She supposing Him to be the gardener, saith unto Him, Sir, if thou hast borne Him hence, tell me, where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; Which is to say, Master.”
That voice which called her out of darkness into light.
That voice that told her she was free from these evil spirits, and forgiven.
That voice: she instantly recognizes when He says her name.
“My Father and your Father, My God and your God.” What a wonderful word of comfort she was given:
John 20:17 “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.”
And a message was also given to her to pass on: “Go, and say”. Which she did.
You do not hear her name specifically, again.
But I am sure she was in the gathering waiting at Jerusalem, as they had been told.
Waiting till the day of Pentecost, with the disciples and other women: I see Mary Magdalene.
Acts 1:13-14 “And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, and James the son of Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.”
Waiting for the Holy Spirit to be given. To be empowered to do what she was called to: to further the cause of her beloved Lord.
Mary Magdalene was given the greatest gift: life with Jesus. After that, she never wavered in her love of the Son of God who saved her.
Luke 7:47 “Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”
She was forgiven much, therefore she loved much.
What of us?