The spiritual climate from what happened three days prior hung in the air like a thick dark cloud. The male disciples of Jesus were out hiding somewhere after His death. But that did not stop the women from showing up a his tomb. Intending to bring burial spices to anoint his body after his death they experienced the shock of a lifetime.
There are 4 gospel accounts of the resurrection that each share slightly different details.
The Matthew 28 & Mark 16 accounts outline it was 2 specific women, Mary Magdalene (out of who Jesus cast out 7 demons) and Mary the mother of James.
The Luke 24 account outlines it was 3 specific women: “Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles.” We don’t know who “the others” were but we can assume they were women. You know how women like to do everything together (like go to the bathroom)? Well, this was probably no different.
Nonetheless the point remains, these women were entrusted by the angels to share the most important event of human history. They were given the spiritual authority when the angels told them to share the news to the male disciples who were too scared to show their faces in public (see Matthew 28:7, Mark 16:7). What a task they were given. Probably the most important task there ever was.
All because they were willing.
What are you willing to do for Jesus?
All because they showed up.
Where in your life do you need to show up?
Think of the amount of courage it took them to carry the message. Think of their commitment to show up to the tomb that morning when many people feared associating with Jesus after he was brutally crucified just 3 days prior, but not these women.
Never underestimate the power and passion of a woman who has been touched by Jesus in the deepest place. For indeed she is the one Jesus will use to do His work in the world.
“So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”