Mary Magdalene SCENE 2
Updated: Nov 5, 2022
Mary knew she could no longer stay in Magdala. She would go home to Martha and Lazarus. All the way home Mary’s mind was racing. Though released from the demons of her past, she knew she was still considered a sinner and would have to tell her brother and sister of her true occupation. If word got out, by the law, she would be condemned to die.
When she arrived in Bethany, there was a celebration in planning. Her Uncle Simon was home. To show his gratitude to Jesus, he wanted to have a party. Jesus would be the guest of honor. Martha was organizing the dinner. Mary had not seen Jesus since He had freed her from her demons. Her heart was so full of gratitude to Jesus for breaking her free to live truthfully and most of all for recognizing her need for a compassionate Savior! Jesus was here! This was her chance to thank Him. With a heart full of gratitude, Mary focused her mind off of herself and the possible consequences of her sins and placed her thoughts upon Jesus!
ACT: Mary watches from a corner. The guest and Jesus begin to arrive. Simon greets Jesus and seats him next to himself. All of the guest lay down on the floor and begin to eat with their heads toward the middle of the circle.
That evening Mary watched from a corner as the guests began to arrive. Soon she saw Jesus with his disciples. Simon seated them at the table. Jesus had a seat of honor right next to Simon. She didn’t want to wait very long or everyone would see her.
ACT: Mary hurries over to Jesus feet. When she sees Him she falls at His feet and begins to cry and kiss them.
She hurried in, But when she saw Jesus her heart almost failed her. She was so full of gratitude that she fell at his feet. How could she tell him how much it meant to her to breathe, to be able to see the beauty in life again, to be free of her work, to be valued by Him. Kneeling there, she began to cry. Her tears were dripping on his feet as she kissed them. She was His servant forever.
ACT: Mary opens her alabaster box and pours its contents on Jesus’ feet.
She wanted to show her regard for Him as her Savior and now Master. She reached for her alabaster box and poured its entire contents on His feet.
ACT: Simon looks at what Mary is doing.
Luke 7:39 Now when Simon saw it, he said to himself, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth (carnal intercourse) him: for she is a sinner (especially wicked or devoted to sin.)
ACT: Jesus talks to Simon and Simon listens and answers His questions.
Luke 7: 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
ACT: Jesus turns toward Mary and talks to her. Jesus sends Mary away in peace. Mary goes away in joy!
Luke 7: 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Mary left Uncle Simon’s home in pure amazement! It was more than she could have ever hoped for. His disciple called Him the Christ, meaning the anointed One. Jesus was the Messiah! Jesus had forgiven her of her sins! Jesus had released her from the condemnation of the broken law of God.
She knew her uncle had been ready to judge because he knew her former occupation. But Jesus knew her sins too and Jesus had assured her that she was forgiven.
Mary knew now she must be near Jesus! She would join the women who traveled with and served Jesus.
Author: Sharon Oxentenko