Judges 3:15 “But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.”
We have all needed someone to deliver us at one time or another. Some from situations and circumstances thrust upon us and some of our own doing. Our trust in man to deliver is fickle at best.
Psalm 118:8 “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
From our childhood on, we have needed someone to step in and help us; deliver us, if you will, from our own will and way. The proud one that says ‘I do not need anyone’ is a fool. But when faced with an eternity in Hell as punishment for my sin, there is something I cannot do.
The Deliverer. One of the names of Jesus.
As Jesus lie in the tomb that day, the hopes of all who thought Him to be the next King of Israel died with Him. He did not come to be King; He came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Mary Magdalene is a perfect example. She was found there in her sin and Jesus showed her that He was the Messiah, the Chosen One, her Deliverer. By placing her faith in Him, she was markedly changed – transformed.
Such extreme joy and gratitude came from her that in the home of one of the Pharisees, she came, weeping; washing the feet of Jesus with her tears and wiping them with her hair. She anointed His feet with perfume. Solely out of the gratitude that overflowed from her heart.
When we are delivered, we should show such gratitude; such thankfulness; such service and faithfulness. Her transformation was coupled with a faith that when most left, she stayed with Mary, Jesus’ mother. Her faith brought her to the tomb on the third day – waiting, watching for what Jesus said would happen – and it did.
She was one of the first to see the Savior after He had risen from the dead. Think of how her faith grew that day. All that He had said would come to pass, was standing right in front of her!
Though you and I may not have the opportunity that Mary did that day, our faith can grow in the fact that He is alive!
Take some time today to invite someone you know to your church’s Resurrection Sunday services. Share with them the Good news that they too can be transformed.