“Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” —Mark 16:9
She is described in the text as “Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.” Sovereign grace is resplendent in Mary’s history; in the first place, because this cure was unsought by her. Others who were sick sought the healing hand of Jesus, but no person possessed of an evil spirit ever did or ever could cry for deliverance to the Son of David: their friends might bring them, but they never came of themselves. The evil spirit drives men as far as possible away from Christ, and clamours against Jesus us a tormentor; but it never guides men into the pathway of the merciful Saviour. Even thus is it with us all, and especially with desponding souls. If we are saved, it is not because we have the first motions of desire towards Christ, but because eternal love casts its cords around us, and draws us towards the Lord Jesus.
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
from a sermon delivered on Sunday, January 26, 1868
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
he Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 14
Sermon No. 792, “Mary Magdalene”