Throughout the centuries and even to this day, Mary Magdalene is a controversial woman. She was with Jesus from the beginning of his ministry until he was crucified–and was there when he rose from the grave.
In this talk, “Mary Magdalene Gets a Facelift,” I peel back the different layers of truth, conjecture, and lies and explore the character of this amazing woman and her relationship with Jesus. Based on a chapter in my book, “Face-to-Face: The Women Who Met Jesus,” it is my hope to give her reputation a facelift and allow her presence in the Gospels to inform our lives. We have much to learn from her.
She has been called a prostitute, a woman of ill repute, and a whore. Recently, she has been “resurrected” as the wife of Jesus. In the 12th century, St. Augustine tried to redeem her reputation and called her the “apostle of the apostles.” For some reason, his view of her didn’t stick. Too bad, it was probably true.
Mary, Mary, Mary–even today you stir it up! What is it about you that makes you so controversial? One thing about Mary Magdalene–she won’t go away.
Other than her role in the resurrection story, we don’t know much about her. We know that she had seven demons cast out of her, became a disciple of Jesus and followed him from Galilee all the way to the tomb—and beyond. Unlike the Twelve Disciples, she was the only disciple who followed him without wavering. Her presence at the crucifixion and resurrection forces us to recognize her as someone who stands out, as someone who is given honor and importance by the Son of God–someone whom Jesus loved in a very special way.
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