“He Appeared First To Mary Magdalene”

“He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”
(Mark 16:9)

I cannot help pausing over this view of CHRIST’S grace to Mary Magdalene, that she should have the honour of beholding the LORD of life and glory the first of all His redeemed, after He rose from the dead. And as the Evangelist adds, out of whom He had cast seven devils. Doth it not seem to intimate, in that GOD the HOLY GHOST hath thought proper, to have this act of grace of JESUS mentioned at the same time, as if the LORD would thereby encourage, and comfort any, and every one, of His more than ordinarily distressed members, to this conclusion, that where sin aboundeth, grace shall much more abound? All CHRIST’S redeemed shall have the love-tokens of JESUS; but the one which Satan most afflicts, CHRIST will more abundantly comfort.

Robert Hawker

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