After Mary Magdalene was helped up from the dirt,
away from the stones (“Thank You Jesus”),
and had left her past behind her, she really was…
“a different Mary”!

I attended a Mary Martha Ministry Brunch recently, where the contrasts between Mary and Martha, Mary and Judas [being “sold out” for Jesus vs. selling Him out], AND- Mary and Mary Magdalene [I brought up this part] were addressed.  There were but a few of us present, but I believe the ones who were there, were meant to be.

“A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with Him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray Him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for My burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.”  [John 12]

It was kindly pointed out to me at the brunch, that the two- Mary Magdalene and Mary (the sister of Martha) were not the same.  And although I had heard and read the commentaries [and viewpoints] on which Mary did what, for some reason on this particular day, it finally made a difference to me.

There was conversation among the women in our group, of those that appeared to be a type of Mary or a Martha.  (As many of you probably know by now, there has never been any question which one I resemble– even before I spoke at a Mary Martha Conference with – “A Love Story from a Mary” on Valentine’s Day 2010).  But, what surprised me at this brunch-meeting, was how Mary [the sister of Martha] was being portrayed- as the introverted or quiet one.  (I know I’m not that… anymore, anyway.)  So I thought-

“Are we really talking about the same Mary?”

“Yes” taking the Bible into right context
is very important, but I think taking 
all things personal and to Jesus, is also.

I don’t believe in coincidences whether it’s now or then.  So what do I make of all the Mary’s?  When I read the Holy Bible, I sincerely do my best to take it all in, and I’m not shy at all about talking to the Lord, of all I’ve read about It.  So when it seems like almost every woman in Jesus’ day is named Mary… I do believe, there’s a very specific reason for it.

[In looking back, I ponder now… that some were named Mary,
after a mother, seeing the virtue & favor of God-
because of her Son?]

~~~

I awoke many times early this morning before actually waking up.  I had dreamt scene after scene of my past failures- what seemed like all night long.  I remember crying “Oh God why does this keep happening over & over again?”  “Why can’t I get it right?”

When I’d finally had “enough”…  I awoke.  As I was throwing the sheets (that felt like boulders) off from me, I felt as though Jesus woke me, shook the dust off me, and lifted me up and out of my dirty & filthy past. So from this (and even that) day forward… “I am different!”

And with this, a message…

“After Mary Magdalene was helped up from the dirt, away from the stones (“Thank You Jesus”), and left her past behind her, she really was… “a different Mary”!”

“And so was I!”

~~~

I think we put a lot of thought into researching baby names for the perfect match.  I also think [as Christians], we compare ourselves by name- to the Bible characters of the past.  So…

“Are you a Mary or a Martha; or some place in between?”

“Are you a Peter [formerly known as Simon]
or a Paul [formerly known as Saul];

or, are you like any other disciple…
called by a different name?”

What if we could (being all grown up), having been changed  from who we were and where we’ve come from… change our names to reflect who & where we are now?  Or, would it be deemed acceptable, if we were to drop, cut, or leave off the parts that are no longer with us… and travel lighter, packing just the nard?

So I wonder… Could the Mary (of Mary & Martha fame) been the “cleaned up” version of Mary Magdalene; only now, she leaves the place from which she came, drops the name that spoke to where she’d been, and emerges as the woman God would have her to be  … just “Mary”?

Jesus said ”Go. From now on sin no more.”
(No names were mentioned.)


“Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47   For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” … Jesus [Luke 7:44-47]

After Mary [wherever she came from] was helped up from the dirt, away from the stones, and had left her past behind her, she really was… “Different”! 

“Thank God!!!”

 

John 8… The Adulterous Woman

“But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees *brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they *said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they 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.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”]

 I’m not in any position to name names or have any right whatsoever to throw stones, but…

“Are we not ALL GUILTY of leaving our first love for another?”

‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’  (Revelation 2)

 

“I know I’m guilty!”

 

After Mary Magdalene was helped up from the dirt,
away from the stones,
and had left her past behind her, she really was…
“a different Mary”!

“And so are we!”

 

“Thank You Jesus”… now we’re “Different”!

 

(Just call it what it is ~ Call it Grace!)

 

Just a thought, from “a different Julie!”
… jam4JESUS
[[Did you see what I did ^ there?]]

Luke 7…

36 Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37 And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, 38 and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume. 39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”

Parable of Two Debtors

40 And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” 41 “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?” 43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.” 44 Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet. 46 You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume. 47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 Then He said to her, Your sins have been forgiven.” 49 Those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?” 50 And He said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”