Healing and Renewing Your Mind
She wiped away the stray strain of hair clinging to her face. The sultry wind blew across the dry land increasing the tension in the air. The sky had grown dark and ominous; the wind blew steadily mimicking the ebb and flow of the tide washing along a beach bracing for a storm. Electrified and humid, a current crackling through the sky forcing the grey clouds lower weighing heavy on those underneath. Straining to breathe under the pressure and weight of the situation at hand, Mary Magdalene looked up. Against the blackened backdrop of a windblown dry land, the King of kings lifted Himself up for another forced breath of air.
At the cross, two worlds collided. Jesus experienced something no man or woman has ever experienced, complete separation from God. Hung as a curse, God sacrificed His only Son as a sin offering once and for all. The colliding of these two worlds, so spiritually catastrophic, Heaven and Hell at war, the sun ceased to shine as was God’s Son unable to speak. What did Yeshua feel and see spiritually while unable to speak in agony, suffocating, cursed for all man kind? I do not know what He saw spiritually, but I can tell you who Jesus saw physically.
Standing at the foot of the cross were four women and one man according to the Gospel of John: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary of Magdalene, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and John the disciple Christ loved. God placed Mary Magdalene at the cross for a set purpose for all to read and remember. Jesus saves.
God was revealing His plan for humanity. Mary of Magdalene was a chosen participant in the Lord’s redemptive work of His children. Her testimony is one of service, humility, healing, rejection, and rejuvenation. The focus of Mary’s life should represent how Jesus uses, saves, and redeems those who seek Him.
The Messiah vividly saw two worlds that day on the cross. In Mary, He could see a depraved mind redeemed to a clean mind; a sinful heart now changed to a clean heart and simply put good verses evil. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20) “I will give them beauty for ashes.” (Isaiah 61:3). “I have come so that they may have life and live it to the fullest.” (John 10:10)
The Bible says Mary was released of seven demons that had controlled and plagued her life (Luke 8:2). The Word does not name the demons, but I know she was mentally, psychologically, physically and spiritually unstable. Some have questioned whether she was a prostitute, but no where in Scripture does it say this. Whether she was promiscuous, diseased, and emotionally unbalanced, the message is Jesus rebuked the demons and she followed Him. Mary was at the cross when He was crucified; she was at the tomb to anoint Him with herbs, characteristically following our Savior giving everything she had in support of Him. Most importantly, she was the first to see Christ after His resurrection. It was Mary of Bethany to anoint Jesus before His burial and it was a freed woman who saw the resurrected King first!
If Mary had a demonic presence of lust, then she was cured. If she had a mental disorder, then she was released of bondage. If Mary was held in bitterness, rejection, self-pity and wickedness, expressed lewd, sexual behavior or if she suffered from hearing voices with some sort of unstable mind, she was set free by the power of Jesus Christ. If she was diseased ridden, then just as the woman who bled for twelve years felt the power go through her body, so did Mary’s healing. Woman, you have the same power available to you today. His breath of life is alive, giving you living water that bubbles up and overflows never to be thirsty again. “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
Mary’s life is chronicled in the Gospels. In the Gospel of Luke 8:2-3, she is mentioned as part of the group of women cured of evil spirits and diseases supporting Jesus and the disciples out of their own means. In Matthew 27:55-61, 28:1-10 Mark 15:40, 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-12, John 19:25 and 20:1-18, she is mentioned at the cross witnessing the crucifixion of Christ, then on her way to anoint Jesus with herbs, and finally witnessing the resurrected Lord when He calls her by name. “Mary. Do not hold onto me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” (John 20:16-17) Mary was obedient.
Mary’s testimony is a witness to Christian women today. Many have fallen prey to the enemy’s deception and lures – Mary loved Jesus for the Truth, but she loved Him because He set her free. When you have been set free from bondage, released of ungodly strongholds, and have the knowledge of knowing you are redeemed from the Blood of the Lamb, you are set free. It was not in Mary’s own strength to heal herself by positive thoughts, but the faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Psalm 40:1-3 represents this well, “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.” Mary’s testimony brings hope to many women who suffer as she did.
God was moving. How did Mary respond to the Lord’s revealing of His Son? As Mary of Bethany, Mary Magdalene received Jesus of Nazareth’s breath of fresh air with grace, humility, and service. She followed Him wherever He went attending to Jesus’ needs. She would not leave His side at the cross, nor did she abandon Christ at the tomb. Mary loved and served her King.
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-21). Mary was set free by God’s precious hand. Her testimony rings true today through women who serve and give their best to the church. Mary was the hands and feet for Christ, so are Christian women today. Mary witnessed Jesus Christ on the cross suffering as we witness the suffering of so many today. As Mary dedicated her self to stand near the Lord, she was also there to anoint Christ after burial. The church should be the same to those in need of healing during test, trials, and struggles, while glorifying God after restoration.
Mary of Magdalene was chosen by God to love His Son and serve Him, just as you have been chosen to share in God’s family of believers. Jesus saw this woman while on the cross. He saw who He was dying for and the healing in which was bought for the price He suffered
Pray the Prayer for the Mind on our Prayer for Every Circumstance Page. You can find the full teaching under our Resource Page, One a Day; 30 Days of Prayer with the Women of the Bible, Book 1