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The story of David defeating Goliath is one of the most famous stories in the entire body. It has even become symbolic and idiomatic in our culture. We might say something like “face down your giants” that alludes to the story. But what if the story is actually a symbol of an even more famous literary framework in history? A close look at the story reveals a young hero slaying a monster in order to win the princess. That is a story we’ve all heard before. But even more than that, that is fundamentally our story. Do you know where you fit in the story?

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She was a woman with a past. To say she had skeletons in her closet would be a serious understatement. Mary Magdalene had been in a dark place. Evil had consumed her. But one encounter changed all of that. One person had brought her out of those depths and she had found life and joy and freedom like she had never known. She had gone from suffocating to singing. From oppressed to awestruck. But this morning, she was fighting off her demons again. She was hysterical and desperate. The One who had given her life had lost His. She had gone to His tomb and someone must have moved or stolen His body, because the tomb was empty. While she wept, a gentle voice from behind her said, “Why are you weeping?” It must have been the gardener. After all she was standing outside the tomb in a garden. But what could this gardener do to help? And she wasn’t mistaken. The One standing behind her was more truly the Gardener than she could possibly imagine! And His presence changed everything.