A REDEMPTIVE LENS

A REDEMPTIVE LENS
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

In a previous church we attended, many years back, Sunday evening services often consisted of an informal time of Bible study.
One such evening our Pastor posed the question,
“Who is a Bible character you would like to spend time with?"
Many responses were shared as people rattled off the old familiar favorites:
Paul, David, Daniel, Peter, John, Esther ….. and then,
“Mary Magdalene,”
a young woman asserted from the back.
If ever you want to witness corporate whiplash; be so bold in your response amongst conservative Christians.
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Leaning intently forward, our Pastor pressed the individual who gave the response,
“Darrelyn, will you please share why you chose her?”
I will confess that for one fleeting moment I entertained the thought of bolting.
I didn’t.
With the eyes of seasoned Christians upon me, I answered as thoughtfully as I could:
1) Mary Magdalene had been freed of a horrific past and she was cleansed from it.
2) Mary possessed a loyalty to Jesus from that moment on that surpassed even the devotion of the disciples.
3) Mary was the first individual to witness the resurrected Christ and ….
He loved her.
4) I identify with her ... in a variety of ways.
The baffled gaze turned reflective and the room seemed strangely quiet as our Pastor looked kindly upon me.
I don’t remember the rest of the study.
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I realized, only in reflection, something very significant that evening.
“Mary Magdalene” was not viewed through a redemptive lens any more than I was in that moment; she was viewed through a critical, superior lens that translated into the awful gaze of judgment.
Very unpleasant.
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In hindsight, I am not sure why some individuals seem to be more redeemed than others but I attest to these realities in response:
1) Christ never looks through a cloudy lens at an individual that He has redeemed, pardoned, and cleansed.
2) Christ came to seek and save that which was lost; both the mother Mary that bore Him and the Mary Magdalene enslaved to evil spirits needed the redemptive power of Christ at work in their lives.
God includes “all” the Mary’s in His redemptive plan and … not just a few.
3) Christ reveals Himself in graceful measure to the redeemed and He loves freely.
To every Mary Magdalene reading this; may you experience the redemptive lens of Christ upon your life.
You are loved.
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“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.”
Mark 16:11