Talk of the Town

Let go of me” she must have said as they dragged her out of the room and through the streets. “Stop it, your hurting me.” She said. They continued dragging her through the crowd and threw her on the ground. Right there in the center of the crowd laid Mary Magdalene.

I could just imagine the pain and shame she felt as the lawmen rallied to have her stoned. “What will become of me? I don’t want to die this way.” She must have thought. “He said he loved me, why is he now chanting with them.” She cried. Then the crowd grew silent.

“Jesus, what do you think of this case? This woman was caught in the very act of adultery. According to the mosaic laws, she must be stoned” said the lawmen. “STONED!?! Oh No!” she thought. She looks up and sees Jesus writing in the dirt. He then looks up and says, “You have judged rightly, she is guilty of sin. So, he amongst you who is WITHOUT sin, cast the first stone.” Mary shreeked, tightened her eyes shut and quickly covered her head. A few moments later, she opened one eye and glanced around. To her amazement, they were all moving back and dropping their stones.

She opened the other eye and looked around again and they were moving further and further back. Then, she looked up and saw Jesus’ outstretched hand and He said, “woman, where are thy accusers? No one accuses thee and neither do I, go and sin no more.”

Hallelujah for Jesus! Although Mary was the talk of the town, Jesus showed her compassion and forgave her of her sins. Christ saw beyond her sins and gave her a second chance. Despite her distasteful reputation, Jesus went to bat for her. He became her advocate, He stood up for her and then He set her free.

When Jesus forgives you of your sin and delivers you from the enemy’s stronghold, He doesn’t just leave you there to fend for yourself, He sets you free and restores you.

Are you the talk of the town? Is everyone pointing their finger at you? Have you been placed on the “don’t be like her” bulletin board? Mary Magdalene’s story has a message for all of us. The message is Jesus can restore us. Don’t be concerned about what others are saying, what they are thinking, etc. The only thing that matters is if you come to Jesus, He will go out to bat for you.

I remember when I was the talk of the town, “What’s wrong with that girl? Why can’t she ever keep a man? Is she ever gonna get married or is she planning to be an old maiden? ” People would go on and on and on about what they thought I was not doing right in my life. Sometimes it would get so discouraging that I actually started to internalize their words. Thankfully I would remember this story and be comforted knowing that I would rise again.

We must remember that Jesus was also the talk of the town. The lawmen called Him all sorts of names and tried repeatedly to entrap Him. They made all sorts of false accusations just to get rid of Him. Though they succeeded in getting Him crucified, He rose again on the third day. Hallelujah! The icing on the cake was that Mary Magdalene – the talk of the town – became Mary the Evangelist spreading the message of His ressurection to the people of the town. God restored Mary and He can restore you.

Just try Him!

Memory Text:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28

Prayer Prompt:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for showing me that you can restore me. I have not always made the best decisions and have fallen into sin so many times but, I know that if I come to you, you will be my advocate and forgive of my sins. Lord please help me to rise again and transform me into a mouthpiece for your Kingdom….

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