The Son of God among the Sons of Men Part 15: Jesus and Mary Magdalene -- By: Everett F. Harrison

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 105:420 (Oct 1948)
Article: The Son of God among the Sons of Men Part 15: Jesus and Mary Magdalene
Author: Everett F. Harrison


The Son of God among the Sons of Men
Part 15: Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Everett F. Harrison

XV. Jesus and Mary Magdalene

Jesus was left entirely alone during His trial. The disciples had fled. But the crucifixion brought a different situation. It was in a public place where people passed by. There was less tension, too, now that the trial was over. So it is thoroughly credible that some of His followers should be present. Among those who gathered there to watch was a small company of women, determined to witness the last hours of life of the beloved Master. Gladly would they have ministered in some fashion. Yet the mere fact that they were “standing by” was in itself a ministry no doubt gratefully received by the dying Savior (John 19:25–27).

There was reserved for this noble corps of women one last service. Of at least one of them it is recorded that she had been caring for the material needs of Jesus in loving recognition of His kindness in relieving her of the torment of evil spirits (Luke 8:2). When death came to the marred form of the Lord, Mary Magdalene, together with the others, formed a little funeral procession to Joseph’s garden, marking where and how the body was laid, lingering for a time even after a great stone had been rolled across the entrance to the tomb. Nothing more could be done that day, and the day following was the Sabbath. But at sunset, when the Sabbath was ended, Mary and a companion bought sweet spices for the purpose of anointing the body more carefully.

Intent upon performing this ministry as soon as possible,

the women were up and on their way to the tomb early in the morning, before daybreak, discussing as they went a grievous problem—how the stone could be removed. Whether all the women concerned started together is uncertain. It would seem that they did not arrive at precisely the same time. The eagerness of Mary was such that she forged ahead, coming first to the sepulchre. No stone barred her way, and this raised an alarm in her mind at once (John 20:1). Taking leave of the others, without waiting for investigation and therefore not receiving the message of the angels that Jesus had risen, she started on the run for the abode of Peter and John. The situation was something beyond the ability of the women to cope with (v. 2). On the Sabbath Mary must have been with these disciples and the mother of Jesus, sharing in the general grief (cf. 19:27 ).

As though speaking for al...

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