When we hang on… His every Word

As I watched and listened, once again, to a dramatization of Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter, and John from the Cross this Easter Sunday, I saw a revelation of Mary… a blessing in disguise.

Mary Magdalene, having first gone to the tomb and seeing first-hand that Jesus lives, is not by coincidence or error, but by God’s divine appointment.  When we sit at the Lord’s feet, hang on His every Word, carry His oil, seek first the Lord’s presence and daily bread, and when facing Him from our knees, having found ourselves before Him so humbled, it is from here God anoints with His blessing. 

I can understand Mary’s position.  Her heart and ears were open when Jesus first told of what was to come… she was there, hanging on His every Word [and again… ‘a stone’s throw’ from His tomb].   She was humbly poised to receive, as ‘even the least of these’.  When His Words fell, she was ready to catch them with ears to hear.  Nothing of His would be discarded and no cost too great to bare for Jesus, from her viewpoint.  She saw passed man to His divine call.  Mary… was vested for the cause of Christ.  And Jesus saw her heart, her humility, her place in His kingdom, and her good thing… to be remembered. 

And Mary was blessed… again and again
   Matthew 27:55,56,61, Matthew 28:1-10  [See below]
 

I can imagine then…  now.
  Oh my God, I want to remain at Your feet… hang on Your every Word, wait upon You alone Lord, for perhaps there is a mission You have designed for me… “for such a time as this”.

  Oh my God… and when others seek to know by what authority and way do I come by this knowledge and by whose direction I follow and live> I pray I speak loudly, with conviction and coherence.  And let not my words, but Yours Lord, be the words that are heard and received.

  And my God, may I have even the scraps from Your table?  I do not seek fame from Godly appointment, or provision from the world’s limited resources, but by Your Hand alone Lord… that I should receive.               

As told by a Mary… for such a time,
…  jams4JESUS

Matthew 27: 
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And Jesus cried again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.   51And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split.   52The tombs were opened and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep in death were raised [to life];    53And coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.    54When the centurion and those who were with him keeping watch over Jesus observed the earthquake and all that was happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, Truly this was God’s Son!    55There were also numerous women there, looking on from a distance, who were of those who had accompanied Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him.   56Among them were Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.  57When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus.   58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him.   59And Joseph took the body and rolled it up in a clean linen cloth used for swathing dead bodies    60And laid it in his own fresh (undefiled) tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a big boulder over the door of the tomb and went away.   61And Mary of Magdala and the other Mary kept sitting there opposite the tomb.

Matthew 28 (Amplified Bible)
 1NOW AFTER the Sabbath, near dawn of the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb.
 2And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled the boulder back and sat upon it.
  3His appearance was like lightning, and his garments as white as snow.
  4And those keeping guard were so frightened at the sight of him that they were agitated and they trembled and became like dead men.
  5But the angel said to the women, Do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified.
  6He is not here; He has risen, as He said [He would do]. Come, see the place where He lay.
  7Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.
  8So they left the tomb hastily with fear and great joy and ran to tell the disciples.
  9And as they went, behold, Jesus met them and said, Hail (greetings)!And they went up to Him and clasped His feet and worshiped Him.
  10Then Jesus said to them, Do not be alarmed and afraid; go and tell My brethren to go into Galilee, and there they will see Me.
  11While they were on their way, behold, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had occurred.
  12And when they [the chief priests] had gathered with the elders and had consulted together, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers,
  13And said, Tell people, His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we were sleeping.
  14And if the governor hears of it, we will appease him and make you safe and free from trouble and care.
  15So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this story has been current among the Jews to the present day.
  16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed and made appointment with them.
  17And when they saw Him, they fell down and worshiped Him; but some doubted.
  18Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
  19Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  20Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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