JULY 23, 2013 – LEAVE OR STAY – What do you do when there is controversy? Do you leave the situation or do you stay in the situation? The crucifixion of Christ was very controversial and many of those closest to Jesus left, and did not stay. Mary Magdalene stayed. All of Jesus’ disciples left, except for one, and Mary, whom seven demons were cast out, stayed. What Mary believed was crucified right in front of her and put to death (Matt 27:55). She stayed. What Mary believed was placed in a grave right in front of her (Matt 27:61). She stayed. Even after what Mary believed was in the ground for days, she continued to stay (Matt 28:1). Mary loved Jesus, she believed in Him, and she believed the words that He spoke to her. Only Mary knew what Jesus did in her life and she refused to leave. His words gave her life and she had to stay, even though there was controversy. If Jesus has spoken to you personally and it seems that His words have been crucified right in front of you, put to death, placed in a grave, and the days have passed….Stay. What’s crucified in Christ, will be resurrected! Mark 16:9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. (NKJ) Mary stayed and Jesus appeared to her first!!!