Morning & Evening Devotional Reading– July 14– Evening
by Charles H. Spurgeon, Revised and Edited by William C. Neff
“As it began to dawn, Mary Magdalene came to see the tomb.'”
Let us learn from Mary Magdalene how to obtain fellowship with the Lord Jesus.
Notice how she sought the Savior very early in the morning. If you can wait to have fellowship with Christ when you get around to it, you will never have fellowship at all. For the heart that is prepared to commune with Him is a hungering and thirsting heart.
She sought him also with great boldness. Other disciples ran away from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. But Mary, it is said, “stood” at the tomb. If you would have Christ with you, then seek him boldly. Let nothing hold you back. Defy the world. Stand where others flee.
She also sought Christ faithfully in that she stood “at the tomb.” Some find it hard to stand by a living Savior, but she stood by a dead one. Let us seek Christ like this, clinging to the very least thing that has to do with him, remaining faithful though all others should leave him.
Notice how she sought Jesus earnestly in that she stood there “weeping”. Those tear drops captured the Savior’s heart and caused him to show himself to her. If you desire Jesus’ presence, then weep after it! If you cannot be happy unless he comes and says, “You are the one I love,” then you will soon hear his voice.
Lastly, Mary sought the Savior only. She did not care about the angels; in fact, she turned herself back from them. Her search was only for her Lord. If Christ is your one and only love– if your heart has cast out all rivals—then you will not long lack the comfort of his presence.
Mary Magdalene sought much because she loved much. Let us arouse ourselves to the same intensity of affection. Let our heart, like Mary’s, be full of Christ, and our love, like hers, satisfied with nothing short of himself. O Lord, reveal Yourself to us this evening! [M&E]