“Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene…” – Mark 16:9
The best seller, The DaVinci Code, has made Mary Magdalene a hot topic of discussion. Who was she? Was she Jesus’ wife and the mother of His child as the book claims? Or was she simply a dedicated follower of Jesus?
She is an important person in the story of Jesus because she was one of the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus after His death. That was the custom in those days. But the tomb was empty. And while Mary was bewildered at this, Jesus appeared to her alive. His first appearance after His resurrection was to a woman.
Jesus took women seriously in that patriarchal first-century world. He did more to raise the status of women than anyone who has ever lived. But there is no historical evidence or documentation that Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ wife. That is pure fantasy. She is simply a good example of what it means to be a devoted follower of Jesus.