Ordinary Women on an Extraordinary Morning
There's something incredibly sweet about who was first to know that Jesus is alive. That Jesus is a tomb-survivor. That Jesus slayed death.
There is something lovely and telling that God wanted a faithful group of women, who came carefully and tenderly to wrap up a broken body, to be the first to know. To be the first to understand that the one they put so much faith in could still be trusted.
They came ready to wrap up death, but instead God unwrapped life.
To some average women.
It's healing. Seeing these women and sisters and mothers running to tell some incredibly shocking news.
It's beautiful. Seeing Peter in action to see for himself because of the words of these women.
It’s captivating. Seeing women, like myself, in the story. I love being one of them.
It's redeeming. Eve carried death with her out of Eden. Mary carried The Good News in her belly. These women carried the resurrection story to the world.
As carefully as the women came to wrap up Jesus' broken body, God carefully unwrapped the redemption story.
And this was always His way. During Jesus’ time on earth, He unwrapped redemption wherever He went. He took the weak and made them strong. He took five loaves and fed five thousand. He took the voiceless and gave them voice. He took nameless women and named them His. He took His body to the grave. He left death there to stay.
Praise to the One who unwrapped redemption in every possible way.
“But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes.The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened......”— Luke 24: 1-12 NLT