April 20, 2014

Easter Morning

On the first day of the week, at very early dawn, the women came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but he has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”  Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest.

Check out the facts here – who makes the initial discovery of the missing body? 

The women! Luke identifies some of them: Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James ... and the other women with them. It was the women who kept a faithful vigil and went early in the morning to anoint Jesus’ body. It was the women who first came to understand the full meaning of Jesus’ words about his resurrection. And it was the women who first proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Resurrection to the other believers!

Why is it, with all this scriptural evidence, that some in the church today would prevent the women from proclaiming this same Good News?