St. Mary Magdalene- 22 July
22 July every year has been set aside in the Christian calendar to reflect on the life and ministry of Mary Magdalene.
She was one of closest women that stood by Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry of redemption, she was listed to be among the women in the gospel of St. Luke 8:2-3 who committed their resources and care to the ministry of Jesus Christ, it was also noted of the same passage that she was once healed of an evil Spirit by Jesus Christ.
She followed Jesus Christ upto the point of His death, burial and even upto His resurrection from the grave(John 20).
It is important to note at this point that she was not the same Mary that Jesus meet at Bethany(Luke 10:39) neither was she the unnamed sinful woman that anoited the feet of Jesus Christ in Luke 7:36-50; I also stand by the authority of the scriptures to reject the speculations of her as the “Apostle to the Apostles”.
Yes it is true that the office of the Apostle is the closest ministry to that of Jesus Christ but not minding her closeness to Jesus and His ministry, she was not among the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ which later became the Apostles upon which the foundation of our Christian faith was laid (Ephesians 2:20). (Apostle means the sent one and she was not among the ones Jesus sent out with the ministry of reconciliation as can be seen in John 20:21-23). Even when Judas Iscariot was no more with the disciples, yet Mary Magdalene with all her closeness was not found as a suitable replacement for Him but was sort among the disciples another man to replace Judas (Acts 1:23-26)
The most amazing lesson we learn from the life of Mary Magdalene is that Jesus Christ used her and other women closer to Him to set a standard of what a Christian woman should look like in the ministry of reconciliation; why a woman cannot usurp authority over men in the church of Jesus Christ as pastors but as helpers and supporters; (await my teachings on why women can’t be pastors)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.(John 20:17-18|KJV-
She stood as to what a wife of a pastor should look like in the work of the Ministry, not opening her mouth anyhow in church but to learn in silence; the Bible recorded that she has been with Jesus through out His ministry yet we never heard her voice any day but she was there with the disciples learning and supporting the ministry financially (Luke 8:1-3) Though she saw the Lord first after resurrection, yet the Lord did not show Himself to her but to His disciples and thus committed unto them the ministry of Reconciliation (John 20:19-23; 2Corth. 5:18)
So in the ministry of Jesus Christ which is the Ministry of reconciliation which He subsequently handed over to His disciples which extends to us; women have their position not as pastors or Apostles but as supporters to that ministry of which Mary Magdalene stood in as a figure and perfectly served. God has His reason why women was not numbered among the 12 disciples, it was not by mistake (which I will be teaching together with why women should not be pastors).
Finally, am not saying neither is the Bible saying that women are not part of God salvation agenda because I have heard a preacher successful preached that women will not go to heaven. Salvation is open to as many that believe in what Christ did on the cross, so there is neither men or female, neither Jews nor Gentiles in God salvation agenda but as far as the custody of that ministry is concerned, women are not to be in control of it because it was once given to both man and woman and it was the woman that mess it up.
Mary Magdalene was a typical replica of what is known in Roman Catholic Church today as Rev. Sisters while some denominations has gone ahead to ordain their women as pastors.
Faithful God, thank you for your servant, Mary Magdalene who presented herself and her resources for the furtherance of Your eternal purpose of the redemption of mankind. Thank You because through her You have set for Christian women everywhere perfect example on how to be Your true and faithful followers, incline our hearts to live zealously in following you and grant us the grace to stay within the boundaries of our ministry and calling through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen