40 Significant Bible Verses About Mary Magdalene

There are a few women mentioned in the New Testament who make their way in all the four Gospels, and Mary Magdalene was one of them. These significant Bible verses about Mary Magdalene tell us more about her story and life.

Mary was a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ who supported Him throughout His ministry until His last days on earth. Jesus even went on to reveal Himself first to her when He rose from the dead, which goes to show their close bond and her role in the Gospel account. 

Her life is inspiring as it’s one of deliverance and healing and loyalty and gratitude to the Son of God. She was a generous soul who served Jesus Christ and was faithful to Him. She was a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ, making her testimony important for the establishment of the early church. 

But what was special about Mary Magdalene in the Bible? She is only one of Jesus’ disciples who were present for His crucifixion, saw where the body of the Lord Jesus was buried, and was the first person to speak to Him after His resurrection. Let’s find out what the Bible says about her. 

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12 Bible Verses About Mary Magdalene

The story of Mary Magdalene is found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Mary was a Jewish woman from the fishing town of Magdala on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. So Magdalene was not her last name but rather based on where she came from. 

Mary Magdalene always did things with other women whether that was serving the Lord, giving to His ministry, or being there to witness His death, burial, and resurrection. She was likely a great person to be around. She focused on building and nurturing godly relationships around her. 

Mary was a follower and disciple of Jesus and stood by Him even at the foot of the cross. There are some false facts about Mary of Magdala that people believe but are not in the Bible. The Bible doesn’t mention that she was married to anyone, so she may have been divorced or unmarried. It’s not mentioned that she had been a harlot or prostitute before she met Jesus. 

She is not the same Mary who poured perfume on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. That was the sister of Martha and Lazarus named Mary of Bethany. She is also not the unnamed woman caught in adultery that the people wanted to stone to death when Jesus intervened. 

Through these Bible verses about Mary Magdalene, we learn more about her encouraging character and life. 

Mary Magdalene meets Jesus 

When we are introduced to Mary, she is suffering and in pain. She had seven evil spirits tormenting her. She likely suffered emotionally, physically, socially, and mentally from these attacks, and when Jesus met her He cast them out, delivering her and setting her free from torment. 

She was grateful for the healing and deliverance she received and became a loyal and devoted follower of Jesus. 

Luke 8:2

And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

Mary of Magdala supports Jesus’ ministry

Mary of Magdala was special because she was one of the women who supported Jesus from her means. We don’t know whether she was rich or poor, but she was generous and along with other women gave financially and materially for Jesus to minister, teach, and heal people. 

Luke 8:3

And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Mary at the crucifixion of Jesus 

Mary, along with the other women, followed Jesus of Nazareth closely and were there when He was crucified. In fact, there were four Marys near the cross of Jesus when he died. 

There was Mary Magdalene, Mary, Jesus’ mother, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary the mother of Joses and James, the sons of Zebedee. When Jesus died, they witnessed all that occurred immediately afterward which proved that He was indeed God’s Son. 

John 19:24-26

They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

Mark 15:39-41

And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

(Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

Matthew 27:50-56

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,

And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedees children.

Mary sees Jesus being buried. 

Both Mary of Magdala and the other Mary followed Jesus and saw where He was buried. They did this because they wanted to come back later. They also showed that they were loyal and committed to their Teacher. 

Matthew 27:57-61

When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple:

He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.

And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth,

And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.

Mary Magdalene is the first at the empty tomb.

On the first day of the week, early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and other women went to Jesus’ burial place because they wanted to anoint His body with oils as per their customs. 

Shockingly they discover that Jesus’ body was missing. There was only an empty tomb where Jesus had been buried. There were only linen cloths and no body. They cried for their Teacher but met the angel of the Lord who assured them that Jesus had risen and was alive!  

Mark 16:1-4

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?

And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.

John 20:1-3

The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

 

Luke 24:10-12

It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.

Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

Mary Magdalene meets the angels at the empty tomb.

Jesus’ disciples came to check the empty tomb and went back to their own homes. But Mary remained and grieved for Jesus. She cried and wept for Jesus because she loved Him. Then two angels appeared where Jesus had lain and spoke to Mary. 

John 20:10-13

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

Jesus talks to Mary Magdalene 

When Jesus appeared to her she actually thought He was the gardener and offered to take the body of Jesus herself. The first thing Jesus did was call her name to show that He knew her, loved her, and had a close relationship with her. 

When He called her by name she recognized her Teacher and was then so excited to see Him. He told her to go and tell the disciples what she had seen and she happily obeyed.

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John 20:14-17

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Mary of Magdala shares Jesus’ resurrection news with the disciples. 

Mary quickly obeyed Jesus’ instructions and went to tell the other disciples that she had seen and spoken to the Lord Jesus Christ. She didn’t delay because she truly was a committed servant of the Lord. 

The resurrection of Jesus was so important, and God chose a woman to be the first witness. She was the first person Jesus appeared to and talked with and was one of the 500 people Jesus appeared to who bore true witness that Jesus had lived, been buried, and resurrected. 

Her testimony was important to the early Christians to convert them to believe the Gospel through first-hand evidence. 

John 20:18

Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Why Was Mary Magdalene Important?

Bible verses about Mary Magdalene show that she is important, because she first represents healing and deliverance. She was one of the first women Jesus healed. She may have felt rejected, isolated, ashamed, and hopeless, but through God’s grace and mercy she experienced total healing and freedom. 

Mary may have felt rejected, isolated, ashamed, and hopeless, but through God’s grace and mercy she experienced total healing and freedom. 

Because of her transformation, she was able to learn from Jesus and lead a completely different life. She chose to follow Jesus, her Rabbi or teacher, something that was likely rare in those days. Her past didn’t matter, she lived as a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:16–17)

Her life and generosity show the role of women in the ministry of Jesus. Along with Joanna and Susanna, she gave what she could because she wanted to see the Kingdom of God expanding. 

God chose specifically a woman like Mary Magdalene to testify about the Good News of the Gospel. Furthermore, God revealed to these women the very Son of God, resurrected, alive, and having overcome the power of death.

Mary went to tell Jesus’ disciples what she had seen, but they didn’t believe the woman. In those days, the testimony of a woman was not taken seriously, they were not considered a true witness. Plus, it was just difficult news to accept.

1 Corinthians 1:27-28

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

She was important because she was one of the 500 people Jesus appeared to after He rose from the dead. Each of those people’s witnesses was important for the foundation and establishment of the early church. 

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1 Corinthians 15:3-6

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:

After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

Mary Magdalene is one of the most important women of the New Testament. She met Jesus when she was in pain and suffering from the infirmities of the evil spirits, and He miraculously delivered her and set her free from pain. 

She supported Jesus’ ministry along with other women. She stood at the cross of Jesus and watched Him when He died. She followed His body and saw where He was buried and came back to find an empty tomb. 

Mary was the first person to see and talk with Jesus after His resurrection. What an honor and privilege this was! She played a role in spreading the good news of the kingdom of God. Her name will always be remembered for her loyalty, devotion, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

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