“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
Experimental preaching when truthful, is almost always profitable. As the spouse of old desired to see the footsteps of the flock, so souls in distress are always happy to observe the proofs that others have trodden that same pathway heretofore. It may be, and I trust it shall he, that while we are speaking upon the life of Magdalene, and showing how the Lord was pleased to lead her up from the depths of mental distress to the heights of spiritual joy, some who may be in like circumstances may be led to hope that for them also there may be deliverance, and others who have already received like favours, may have their grateful recollections refreshed, and may be made to bless the Lord who aforetime brought them up out of the horrible pit and out of the miry clay, and has now set their feet upon a rock.
—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 14
Delivered Sunday Morning, January 26, 1868
At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington Sermon No. 792, “Mary Magdalene”