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Saturday, April 15 2017

What Did Mary Of Magdala Discover?

"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre ... Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master

Magdala was a fishing village on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee (which is actually a freshwater lake through which the Jordan River flows) The village is variously known as Magdala, as in Matthew 15:39 in the King James Version, while the Revised Standard Version, and most others, have Magadan in that verse. After leaving Nazareth, in the inland hill country of Galilee (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Life In Nazareth), the Messiah lived at Capernaum, a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Capernaum On The Lake Shore), just a short distance north from Magdala.

Magdala became famous however because of a woman from the village who became a follower of the Messiah during His Ministry (see The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Setting The Stage Of Jerusalem). Mary (her actual Hebrew name was Miriam) was among the women who witnessed the death of the Messiah while standing right at the Cross (see The Day That The LORD Was Crucified and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Why Was The Messiah Crucified, Not Stoned?).


"27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 27:52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 27:53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. 27:54 Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

27:55 And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: 27:56 Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children." (Matthew 27:50-56 KJV)

After the required three days and three nights in the Tomb (see the Fact Finder question below), Mary of Magdala became the first human witness of the Messiah's Resurrection. Mary found the Tomb empty, and reported her discovery to the apostles.

"20:1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. 20:2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him." (John 20:1-2 KJV)

Mary then became the first human to actually speak with the Messiah after His Resurrection.

"20:10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?

She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?

She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary.

She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:10-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did Mary of Magdala find the Tomb already empty when she arrived while it was still dark?
See A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Three Days And Three Nights and When Did The Messiah Actually Rise From The Dead?


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This Day In History

This Day In History, April 15

769: The Church of Rome's Lateran Council (named after the Basilica in which it was held) condemned the Council of Hieria and anathematized its iconoclastic (opposing religious idols and images) rulings.

1071: Bari, the last Byzantine-held territory in southern Italy, was surrendered to Robert Guiscard.

Greek Fire
1450: French forces under Comte de Clermont attacked 4,000 English troops under Sir Thomas Kyriel at the Battle of Formigny during the last stage of The Hundred Years War.

1632: George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore, died at age 52. The English statesman was directly involved in the founding of the North American province of "Mary Land" (named after the Church of Rome's ideas of Mary; see also What Does The Bible Really Say About Mary?), which later became the state of Maryland. A former member of the English House of Commons, Calvert gave up his seat in 1625 after he declared himself a Roman Catholic.

1715: The Pocotaligo Massacre set off the Yamasee War between English pioneers and native Americans in colonial South Carolina (see also The First Chinese American War).

1800: James Ross discovered the North Magnetic pole.

1859: The first steamboat began operating on the Red River, carrying freight and passengers between Fort Garry, now Winnipeg, Manitoba, and St. Paul, Minnesota.

1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to put down the insurrection that later became the U.S. Civil War.

1865: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot at Ford's Theater in Washington the previous night.

Ronald Reagan broke the so-called "year zero curse" in 1989 when he became the first U.S. President since 1840, who won a Presidential election in a year ending in a zero, to leave office alive (although not without incident - Reagan was also seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in March of 1981):

1980: Ronald Reagan
1960: John F. Kennedy, assassinated
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt, natural causes
1920: Warren Harding, natural causes
1900: William McKinley, assassinated
1880: James Garfield, assassinated
1860: Abraham Lincoln, assassinated
1840: William Harrison, natural causes

1880: William Gladstone became the Prime Minister of Britain.

1912: The British ocean liner Titanic sank on its first voyage after colliding with an iceberg. 1,523 of the 2,200 passengers and crew were lost.

Titanic Sinking

1917: During the First World War (1914-1918), the British defeated the Germans at the Battle of Arras.

1923: Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.

1927: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began. It was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history.

1938: Francisco Franco's forces captured Vinaroz in the Spanish Civil War.

1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Belfast Blitz. Over 200 bombers of the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 1,000 people.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the George Cross, Britain's highest accolade for civilian gallantry, was conferred on Malta by King George VI for bravery in withstanding Italian and German attacks.

1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated by British forces.

1949: Pope Pius XII issued his second encyclical on "Palestine" (see Where Is Palestine?), titled Redemptoris Nostri, that urged Roman Catholics to exert every effort on behalf of their Scriptures-ignoring plan to make Israel's national capital, Jerusalem, into a corpus separatum - an "international city" (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah).

1952: The first flight of the Boeing B-52 bomber. Named after the year that it began flying (i.e. B-52 is from 1952), the B-52 is still in war service today - the crews are often just half of the age of the airplane (see also Guns Versus Butter and Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?).

1969: 30 military and CIA crew members were killed when North Korea shot down a U.S. electronic surveillance plane in the Sea of Japan. The Nixon administration chose not to retaliate against North Korea and start another Korean War (see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?).

1997: Over 300 Islamic worshipers were killed and over 1,200 injured at a tent city on the plain outside Mecca. Most of the dead were Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. The fire destroyed an estimated 70,000 tents which they use for shelter in the final days of their Hajj.

1998: Cambodian "Khmer Rouge" leader Pol Pot died at age 73. He is reported to have been responsible for the deaths of up to 2 million people in the "killing fields."

2010: Volcanic ash from a volcano in Iceland caused airspace over Britain and much of Europe to be closed.




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