Mary was the first to come to the sepulchre. Her history is obscure. She was once a habitual sinner against the seventh commandment. There is no evidence of this. Scripture does give testimony that the Lord had cast “seven devils” Luke 8:2. Her gratitude knew no bounds. None seemed to have loved Him so much as Mary did. None felt that they owed so much.
What about us? Do you and I care this much about Jesus? Could you and I have gone this far in our devotion and loyalty to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Sometimes I think we need to search our hearts concerning our devotion to Jesus Christ.
Jesus was buried in what we would call a family plot. When these caves were purchased, they were set up for the burial of family members. It was a generous act on Joseph of Arimathaea’s part to place Jesus’ body in his family sepulchre. This shows how much Joseph loved the Lord. History says that these “caves” had eight sepulchers in them. Jesus’ body was placed in one of these sepulchers. Oh how much Joseph of Arimathaea loved Jesus!
The Rewards of Such Devotion
To Mary we find the historic and physical revelation of the risen Savior along with the spiritual establishment of all her hopes here and hereafter. Jesus was gladdened in soul as He witnessed the sorrowful fidelity of this humble woman of God. He was driven to say her name revealing His triumph over death. This was the direct reward of her manifested devotion and loyalty. It should be noted that devotion compels revelation as love compels love. Such acts are open to revelations concerning the faith that is shown. Spiritual hope blooms in spiritual truth. Revelations of unused and unsuspected powers are waiting upon single eyes and surrendered souls. The tears are shed beside open graves, and the sorrows which burden our hearts shall all be forgotten in the joy of His presence and the sound of His voice. [For further information, please search for William H. Davis.]