Mary's Master
July 31, 2014
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
The following is excerpted from The Tabernacle, the Priesthood, the Offerings by I.M. (Isaac Massey) Haldeman, 1925. Haldeman was the pastor of First Baptist Church of New York City for nearly 50 years, from 1884-1933. Though Haldeman did not have advanced formal theological training, he made up for this with a high native intellect, excellent gifts, a passion for Jesus Christ, a love for God’s Word, diligent study habits, and a broad appetite for learning under the Headship of Christ. In recognition of this he was awarded an honorary D.D. from William Jewel College in 1909. He was a theological warrior who did not draw back from the public reproof of modernists and other false teachers, speaking against fellow Baptists such as Harry Emerson Fosdick and against Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Jehovah Witness cult. He was a crusader against worldliness in the churches. Bible teacher James M. Gray called him “the greatest prophet of the Lord now standing in any pulpit in this country.” Said to be “the most influential preacher of prophetic themes in his generation,” he interpreted Bible prophecy literally and emphasized the imminent return of Christ.


Christ ascended and took His blood within the vail and placed it on the throne of God the very day He arose.

His words to Mary demonstrate it.

In the grey dawn of the resurrection morning when she came to the tomb, her face still wet with continual weeping, and found the sepulchre empty and the body gone, it came upon her like a shock that some ruthless enemy had entered the sacred place and taken away the body of her Lord.

She saw one whom she supposed to be the rich man’s gardner. He turned to her and said, ‘Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou”?’

She said, ‘Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.’

O wondrous Mary, what love was thine, precious that crucified body to them.

But she did not know this supposed gardner who talked to her was the Lord Himself. ...

Then this seeming gardner said just one world: ‘Mary.’

O the music of it.

Suppose your beloved dead (more beloved now they are dead than ever you dreamed) should suddenly appear to you and speak your name?

Do you think there is any music on earth would be like that to you?

Thanks be to God this is the music that shall sound in our ears on the morning of the First Resurrection when He shall come to take us up together and o ur names shall be uttered on lips long since held closed under the seal of death.

And mark how she answered:

‘Rabboni; which is to say, Master.’

All He put into that word, ‘Mary,’ she put back into that word, ‘Master.’

All the love that said, ‘Mary,’ from His lips, from her lips replied in ‘Master.’

But she said more than just ‘Master.’

‘Rabboni’ is a noun, in the possessive it means: ‘My Master.’

Just as David said, ‘My shepherd.’

With that same intense accent of personal appropriation she said, ‘My Master.’

In that supreme moment she forgot everybody, everything else but Him and herself.

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