Divine Encounters Part 6

Mary Magdalene’s Story

Mark 16:9 – Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He cast seven demons.

Before we get to the conversation that Mary has with Jesus, we need to back up to the conversation at the last supper Jesus has with His disciples. Jesus tells them He’s going away and coming back. Many people relate this to the “Second Coming.” But some of those passages are not talking about the second coming. He’s talking about the three days and the resurrection.

John 14:1 – “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. (Verse 2) “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

The word “mansion” in Greek means “dwelling places.” It is a place, a home. There is something much deeper than us just getting a big house one day in heaven. Maybe Jesus is saying to HIs disciples that they can’t have a relationship with the Father just yet. However, “I’m about to take care of that!” When Jesus told them they would have sorrow first, let not your hearts be troubled, He is talking about the death, burial, and resurrection of Himself.

John 14:25 – “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. (Verse 26) “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (Verse 27) “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

(Verse 28) “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. (Verse 29) “And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.

Jesus told them before it happened so that when it did happen they would believe. We know for sure now that He is talking about the resurrection because no one is going to have a problem believing “afte the second coming.” Even the atheist will believe when that happens. Every knee will bow and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

John 16:16 – “A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me because I go to the Father.” (Verse 17) Then some of His disciples said among themselves, “What is this that He says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’; and ‘because I go to the Father’? (Verse 18) They said, therefore, “What is this that He says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what He is saying.”

(Verse 19) Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me’? (Verse 20) “Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. (Verse 21) “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. (Verse 22) “Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

Now we will see this face to face, a divine encounter with Mary Magdalene. She’s the first one to talk to Jesus after the resurrection.

John 20:11 – But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. (Verse 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. (Verse 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,” (Verse 14) Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.

She had traveled with Him for two and one-half years and didn’t know Him standing there. John, Chapter 8, tells us that there were many women that traveled with the disciples and provided for them. Mary Magdalene was one of those women.

So why would she not recognize Him? There must have been something different about Him. It wasn’t that Jesus was so badly beaten that she didn’t know what He looked like ether because she helped take His body off the cross. She knew how bad He looked.

(Verse 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.” (Are gardeners not usually dirty?) (Verse 16) Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (Verse 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,’ “

Present tense: “I am ascending…” For the first time, He tells her, “Your Father and your God.”  The word “cling” in Greek should be translated “touch,” not cling. When the woman with the issue of blood said, “If I might just “touch” the hem of His garment,” that’s the same Greek word used.

When we think of the word ascention we always think of 40 days later. Jesus told Mary not to “touch” Him because He had not ascended to the Father as of yet. Then He told her to go tell His disciples, His brethren that I am ascending, right then, in the present. This took place early in the morning.

(Verse 19) Then, the same day at evening, (Where has He been all day? Where did He say He was going? He was going to the Father!) being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, Peace be with you.”

(Verse 20) Now when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. When we read further, we see Thomas was told by Jesus to “reach your finger here…” He was touching Him as I’m sure the others did days before.

(Verse 21) Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” (Verse 22) And when He said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

So where was Jesus for those three days before His resurrection and before ascending to the Father? He first descended into the lower parts of the earth, to Hades and released the Old Testament saints. Then He took them into heaven on Sunday when He went to the Father: Ephesians 4:8 – Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” (This refers to the Old Testament saints.) 

Ephesians 4:9 – Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

When Jesus died, for those three days, He went into the grave and took the keys of the grave, hell, and death back from Satan! He then released those Old Testament saints and brought them up with Him! But before He ascended and took those saints, He stopped and talked to Mary. And while Jesus talked to Mary, the saints walked around the streets of Jerusalem for a while.

Matthew 27:52 – And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, (Verse 53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Think about that for a moment: Abraham walking around Jerusalem for a while, at the same time Jesus was talking to Mary.

Whe Jesus tells Mary He is ascending, that is when He enters the Holy of holies and presented Himself as a sin offering to the Father. He took care of everything that needed to be done for sinful man to have a relationship with the Father.

Is there a description of what happened when Jesus entered the Holy of holies? Daniel, chapter 7 is the most descriptive passage of the Father, but first back to John 12:31 where Jesus says, “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.” This was right before He went to the cross. He didn’t say it would be in 2,000 years, He said “Now!” Jesus was about to get back what Adam lost. Then look at what Daniel writes:

Daniel 7:9 – “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; (Verse 10) A fiery stream issued and came forth from before HIm. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was sweated, and the books were opened. 

Too many think this is talking about the book of Revelation, but it’s not! There was a court that assembled when Jesus died on the cross and rose. (Verse 11) “I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 

Again we think of the beast in Revelation, but in the book of Daniel, there are four beasts. This is just the first one. And in case you didn’t know, Death was destroyed over 2,000 years ago. Death has no more victory over the believer! (Verse 12) As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. Now we look at what happened when Jesus left Mary:

(Verse 13) “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! (The book of Hebrews talks of the “great clouds of witnesses.” The clouds of heaven are the Old Testament saints coming with Jesus.) He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

(Verse 14) Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall never be destroyed. 

Here is the whole point of this: Satan has been lying to us by telling us that he still has dominion, but his dominion was taken away over two thousand years ago! You just read it, so believe it! Satan has no authority or dominion on this earth anymore. Jesus has all authority and all dominion in heaven and on earth. He entered the Holy Place once for all!

Yes, Satan is still active because his life is prolonged for a season, but he has no more authority or dominion over a believer! Romans 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you,… 1John 3:8 – For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Colossians 2:15 – Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them. 

Mary’s encounter was so important because Jesus told her to let His disciple s know that He was about to go to the Father and take care of all of this. Here is one more thing that happened in Daniel:

Daniel 7:21 – “I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints and prevailing against them, (Verse 22) until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.” That also happened over 2,000 years ago!

And the Ancient of Days hits the gavel and judgment is passed: Demons lose, Saints win!

So here’s the question: Are you yielding dominion to the one on the losing side? Or, are you on the side that has already won?

Jesus Christ died for our sins, made atonement for them so He could introduce us to the Father!

 

 

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