When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons. – Mark 16:9 (NIV)
On that morning the sun rose and the Son shone first on Mary. Why Mary? He could have appeared to the Sanhedrin, to Pilate, to the Passover crowds or His friends still hiding in the upper room. But instead, He chose Mary Magdalene: outcast, oppressed, once burdened and shamed. To this small one He made His glory known first to demonstrate that even the least of all are foremost in His heart.
To those who are too bleary eyed with sorrow to see clearly, too overcome with fear to sleep, too overwhelmed with life to break free of the darkness, His light shines brightest, His love is warmest and His power most enduring. Christ arose for Mary, for everyone, and for all time. Celebrate His resurrection for us!