Monday, March 19, 2012

Mary Magdalene

I recently encountered this very gripping artist's rendition of Mary Magdalene's first encounter with her Savior, Jesus.  If you recall, Jesus saved her life in more ways than one. 

When Mary Magdalene first met him, she was about to be stoned to death (probably by the town's elders) for her promiscuity.  But, as it says in the Gospel of John Chapter 8, Jesus arrived on the scene and "stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground."

We don't know what He wrote on the ground.  But, as the artist depicts above, Our Lord was pondering something...quite deeply and with great emotion.  He obviously was quite affected by the depravity of the situation.  And it caught everyone's attention.

As the men "persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, 'He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.'"

With this, the each man slowly dropped their stones on the ground and walked away in...silence. 

Jesus taught all of us a lesson on this day.  None of us are without the need for a Savior.  Without a Savior to redeem us, all of us would be doomed by our own sin.  And while our God is just, He is also filled with love and mercy!

No wonder Mary Magdalene became one of Christ's most loyal followers.  She amended her life and thus...found it!