Mary Magdalene met Jesus Christ somewhere in Galilee, Israel.
She was possessed with seven demons! SEVEN, evil demons…
Demons are not nice. They are evil, shrewd, deceptive, wicked, and vile. Everything that God’s Holiness declares will bring destruction into the lives of human beings, demons want humans to do.
In the Bible, these dark spirits possess people and cause them to torture themselves. The demonic of Gadara – “Legion” – did not wear clothes, he cut himself with stones, he lived in tombs, he went sleepless, he never took care of himself, and no man could help him. He was miserably tormented and hopeless!
Another unfortunate soul threw himself in the fire to be burned alive and into the water to drown because of the demons who were afflicting him! Demons want humans to die, to be tortured, and to live miserable, irredeemable lives. These crafty, soldiers of Satan are out to kill, steal, destroy and to keep their slaves away from Jesus. No power of man can resist them. No human soul can overpower them – the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish high priest, found this out the hard way – Acts 19.
Mary’s life was dark – filled with habitual and sinful darkness. She was in bondage to the power of Satan – held captive by him to do his will; demons controlled her thoughts, her speech, and her behavior. She did unspeakable things. She suffered. Ill treated and abandoned, all hope for her was lost.
However, not one of these vile, spiritual betrayers had the power to keep her from meeting Jesus of Nazareth nor could they stop her from experiencing His life transforming power and love!
Paul declared about our wonderful, loving God: “Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His dear Son…” Colossians 1:13.
Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” – Luke 19:10. Mary Magdalene was the lost of the lost, but God’s grace is invincible and boundless: “…where sin abounded grace did much more abound” – Romans 5:20.
Demons are no challenge for Jesus Christ; He casts out demons right and left with just one of His mighty words:
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick – Matthew 8:16
When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” – Mark 9:25
“Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him” – Mark 1:34
“And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons” – Mark 1:39
Mary was loved, comforted, and freed by Christ. She met Jesus, and He loved her unconditionally because He is full of grace and truth.
He freed her. He saved her. She served and followed Him.
She was the first to His tomb, she was the first to see Him resurrected, and she was the first to declare His resurrection to His scared disciples!
Mary the demonic became Mary the saint!
Mary, the lost girl, was found.
Unbelieving Mary, became a godly woman of faith.
The Gospel of the grace of God is the power of God unto salvation: Jesus Christ (God in the flesh) died on the cross for our sins, He was physically buried in the garden tomb, He rose again from the dead on the Feast of Firstfruits three days after His death, and He was seen by over five-hundred eyewitnesses!
God’s love for Mary was boundless; the sheer joy of setting her free enthralled our Master!
I pray that we never forget that there is no one who cannot be changed and continually changed by the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Mary met Jesus.