There was a flurry of activity following the resurrection of Jesus on that controversial Sunday morning that began a new chapter of redemption, intercession, and salvation. Many scholars determine the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to be the final chapters of the Old Testament with the Acts of the Apostles the start of the New Covenant.
However of all the people involved with the unfolding events surrounding Jesus’ execution, Mary Magdalene’s role probably was the most pivotal in ushering in a new era which accentuated the gospel story.
Mary was the woman who had the seven demons purged from her by Jesus’ intercession. She became direct supporter of Christ alone with a group of other females that used their finances to provide for Jesus and the 12 disciples. Little is known about Mary Magdalene’s private life, and although she received no formal religious training as the other women, Mary appeared convinced that Christ was the promised Messiah.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene
Mary listened, watched, and experienced the miracles of Christ which solidified her faith even more during her time walking with Jesus. The accusations, arrest, conviction, and execution of Christ must have confused her dreadfully. She probably did not understand what was going on, but she never abandoned Jesus even when it was dangerous to be seen as a supporter of Christ.
While most of Jesus’ own disciples hid because of fear, Mary continued to exhibit courage and remained available although everything appeared to be going wrong. Just when it appeared things could not get worse, it did when Mary along with other women went to the tomb of Jesus to finish the burial process.
The grave of Jesus was open and the stone was rolled away. With the body of Jesus gone from the tomb, Mary became distraught at what seemed to be the final indignity. While the other women left, Mary stayed behind and began to weep in frustration. However, Mary would be used in a magnificent way.
When Mary looked back into the sepulcher, she saw two angels in white sitting at the location where Jesus’ body was laid. The angels asked why she cried and Mary responded, “because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him”. She was convinced some mischief was involved with Jesus’ missing body.
In an amazing turn of events Mary turned and saw Jesus standing, but she knew not that it was Jesus. Christ asked her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seeketh thou?”
Mary thought the man was a gardener and inquired where he had taken the body of Christ so she could go and retrieve the body. Jesus looked at her and said, “Mary”. At that moment in awe Mary responded and said, “Rabboni” which means Master.
There is speculation why Mary did not initially recognize Jesus, from Christ having a different glorified body to Mary still being in shock and not able to identify Jesus. Whatever the explanation, Jesus gave Mary a fascinating comment when He said, “Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascent unto My Father, and your Father, and to My God, and your God”.
According to Jewish tradition the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies in the Temple to make intercession on behalf of the people. The high priest could not be defiled by another person’s touch prior to entering into the presence of God. Christ ascending into the Temple not made with hands signified a similar action. An extraordinary transition was taking place.
Mary Magdalene was entrusted with the first gospel message by Christ after being instructed to go tell the disciples. This awesome responsibility was given to someone that was least qualified than the vast majority of the followers of Christ. God has a habit of using the last person one would think for delivering a message or doing God’s task.http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/206.html
The resurrection changed everything and demonstrated that God is truly no respecter of persons.