Dear Tabernacle Family,
Today is Easter Sunday; the day we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As Christians, the resurrection of Christ is the center, the fundamental core, and the point of our faith. If there is no resurrection of Jesus from the dead, then Christianity is just another ancient religion.
Today, I would also like to remember a special woman whose life was transformed by the Master. Mary of Magdala, called that because of the region she was from, was a follower of Jesus who had a faith that was not complicated. A key verse of Scripture that gives us insight into her life is found in Mark 16:9. Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, who He had delivered from seven demons. Mary was up before the sun and was walking to the tomb to embalm the body of Jesus. She stood in shock as she saw the stone rolled away.
Mary had come to embalm Jesus's body, but where was He? Seeing two angels in white, her eyes filled with tears. Their question was “Woman why are you crying?” Still not understanding that He had risen, Mary Magdalene called back, “they have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put Him.” Then Jesus Himself spoke, “Woman why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, she asked, “If it was you who moved him, tell me where He is so that I can tend to His body.” His reply was one word of recognition, her name: “Mary!”
It is interesting to me that Jesus chose Mary. It shows us that no matter the limitations, God will make a way and have His way in the sharing of the good news of the Gospel. To Jesus, women were loyal and capable of being trusted messengers to share the details of such an important event. I believe today the Lord is releasing increased understanding and revelation concerning the day and hour in which we live. We are all a unique generation who are called to demonstrate the Kingdom of God on earth. Today we all celebrate life in Jesus Name.
Pastor Jo Ann Angelo