What does Mary Magdalene have to do with Easter?


Easter is one of my absolute favorite holidays. It’s deeply symbolic for me, as I know it is for a lot of Christ followers. I’ve always loved Easter, but only in the last 5 years or so,  has it really just touched my soul in a large way. Probably because I “get it” and do not take it for granted what Jesus Christ did for me. It’s also a symbol of Christ’s calling in my own life. I love Mary Magdalene and the part that she plays.

We celebrate our risen King during Easter.  Jesus’ victory over death. When Jesus was crucified and then resurrected it was final proof that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He conquered death once and for all!Jesus Christ conquered death once and for all! #easter #resurrection #JesusChrist Click To Tweet

But what does Mary Magdalene have to do with Easter?

I love the story of Mary Magdalene because I can relate to her. She was considered an outcast because of her sins.  Have you seen the movie, “The Passion of the Christ?” The actress who played Mary portrayed her part so beautifully. I literally sob…because I get it.

Easter has a very symbolic meaning for women as far as Mary Magdalene is concerned. She was known as a sinner but had a very significant part to play!

But Jesus… 

Jesus enveloped Mary in his arms (figuratively) and loved her when no one else did. He stood up for her when it could’ve meant death for both of them. He gently corrected her and she believed, repented and became a disciple.

After Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, Mary  went to the tomb and it was empty. Jesus was gone. He appeared to her but at first she did not recognize him. Only when He called her by name did she know who He was.


And she knew His voice.

That tells me that not only did Mary become a disciple of Christ; she became a fervent disciple.  She mindfully and earnestly listened to Him. She was passionate and intent on following Him. She followed Him on purpose. He wasn’t just a really good man to her…he was her Savior; her Lord.

This is my favorite part of her story:

Mary was the first one to see Jesus after his resurrection.

Easter has a very symbolic meaning for women as far as Mary Magdalene is concerned. She was known as a sinner but had a very significant part to play!

I LOVE that Christ used a woman for this most historical moment in time! He used a woman to pretty much carry the gospel after His resurrection. She carried the gospel to the rest of the disciples to tell them the good news. I love that Jesus used a woman to carry the gospel right after His resurrection! #easter… Click To Tweet

If this isn’t reason enough to let women everywhere know that they are





then I don’t know what will! Lean in here, girls: Jesus trusted Mary…otherwise He wouldn’t have used her! He trusted her to carry one of the most significant pieces of the gospel. And she had a past! Not only did she have a past… she was also a woman.

He didn’t care.

He didn’t even remember her past sins or even notice that she was a “woman.” She was his servant. It’s all that mattered to him. He is no respecter of persons!

Take this with you today and know that you are called! You are significant! You have a purpose!Mary Magdeline's story is symbolic that women everywhere have a purpose! #easter Click To Tweet

I love hearing from you! Please take a minute and say something in the comments below. Do you relate to Mary? Do you believe you have purpose?

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  1. yes and Amen. God loves us girls. 🙂

  2. Shannon, I love how you made the connection between Mary’s significant role in the Bible and the fact that God has a purpose for each one of us. It reminds me that no matter how small we might feel, we are not small in God’s eyes. He created me to be uniquely His with a purpose that only I can fulfill. That is certainly good news!

    I’m so glad we connected. I love your blog!

    Wishing you Easter blessings!

  3. Tiffiney says:

    Hey Shannon, I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!

  4. Carlie says:

    That is one of my favorite seasons in The Passion, as well; it is literally bursting with the grace so mercifully offered by Jesus and so hungrily accepted by Mary. The kind of grace that changes lives. Thanks so much for sharing this encouraging post.

    • Shannon says:

      Carlie- thank You for your enouragment! I’m so glad you stopped by today! And I’m with you, its one of my favorite seasons too!!

  5. Leah Adams says:

    Shannon, welcome to The Loft. I am so glad you joined us with such a poignant post. I, too, can wholly identify with Mary. I’ve never thought about the fact that Jesus trusted Mary. What a beautiful thing that must have been to Mary’s heart…and to mine. Thank you so much for linking with us. Please do come back!

  6. Melanie Redd says:

    What an encouraging reminder, Shannon!
    I love how God takes us as we are, loves us, and uses us anyway! Grace is a beautiful thing!
    Thanks for sharing such a sweet word today~

  7. Sophia says:

    Absolutely love this post….I just loved it when you wrote


    And she knew His voice.”

    Thanks so much!


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