Jesus Came that We Might Be Saved

 

I recently had a friend ask me about Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  The individual, who was not raised in church, believed that they were married and the misconception that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute.

Mary Magdalene was a follower of Christ

This belief that she was a prostitute began in the Middle Ages, when several women mentioned in the scriptures were combined.

But, then my friend asked “well, why didn’t he marry Mary Magdalene”.

Lord, please help me I sent up a quick prayer.  “I don’t know what the nature of Jesus relationship was with Mary Magdalene other than what I’m told in scripture,” I began by answering.

From scripture we know several things which are she was healed of seven demons, she provided for the disciples, that she was from a town called Magdala, that she was present at the crucifixion, that she was one of three women to discover the tomb was empty and that Jesus appeared to her first after the

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross

resurrection.

But, did Jesus love her?  Did they have a relationship?

That’s what some say, but we have no proof of that in the Bible.  However, we are told that Jesus experienced human emotions, but we are not told specifically if he ever felt romantic love, the way we feel it.

What I do know is this, Jesus came for two reasons.  To share God’s message of love and to die for our sins.  This was exactly what I told my friend.

We can find evidence all throughout the Bible, as the Old Testament foretells of His coming, the gospels share the message of his life and message and the remainder of the epistles in the New Testament expand upon His message of sharing God’s love and living a life that is pleasing to Christ.

However, the most important lesson is that “Jesus came so we all may be saved” {John

Jesus is alive; he came that we might be saved

3:17}.

The message of Christ can be found in the most memorized verse in the Bible and it’s two supporting verses, “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

So, as we prepare to remember Good Friday, when Jesus was crucified, let us remember that He suffered, hung on that cross and died for each of our sins.  Jesus came and died because of God’s love for each of us.  However, Jesus did not stay dead, but he rose from the grave.  This is the entire reason we even have Easter Sunday to celebrate.

Have you accepted the gift of Jesus? Have you accepted his salvation?

 

 

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