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Resurrection and the Town Crazy Lady

If you have read any of my previous ramblings about the book of John, you may have picked up on how much I LOVE this book of the Bible. Every time I read it, I love Jesus a little more. Each story makes me think, “WOW! He was so cool. I wish people knew this Jesus.” The final chapter ties it all together for me because it features the very unlikely character, Mary Magdalene. (For some reason, I can relate most clearly to the woman that is always seen as at least a little off and at worst, a prostitute that could never repent enough for her mistakes!)   In ancient times, women were not respected. Most cultures valued them only for their ability to have babies (preferably man child…) and cook and clean. They were seldom educated and not considered reliable witnesses for anything. Mary Magdalene first enters the Jesus narrative as a woman with 7 demons. Which is a topic I could write a book or two on, but for today’s blog post, I will suffice it to say: she was the town crazy lady. The Bible doesn’t give us any clue as to what she was like prior to meeting Jesus and being cured. We just know she was “the lady with seven demons”. Then she became the lady that followed Jesus and took care of him. She was also the leader of the other women that followed Jesus. (Go Mary!) Interestingly enough, tradition teaches that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, though there is no real evidence for this. Many people even suggest that she had romantic feelings towards Jesus (as portrayed in Jesus Christ Superstar). All of these stories about Mary and her reputation and inappropriate thoughts about Jesus come from an underlying judgment that still exists towards women and more specifically, SEX!!! Mainly, it seems that people have a hard time accepting that Mary was ever anything more than a prostitute who was tolerated by Jesus because he was so gracious. This attitude is frankly insulting to the true story of Mary. She followed Jesus and helped him. She was known to have been a leader among the other women who followed Jesus. And her part in the narrative of John is nothing short of heroic. We know from Matthew’s account, that she stayed close by throughout the trial, suffering, and crucifixion (unlike…