He Is Risen!
He Is Risen, Indeed!
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with 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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. Luke 24:1-12 (NIV).
One of my favorite things about this account of the Resurrection of Jesus is that the first people to learn that He had risen were the women. At this time, the testimony of women was of no value. But God valued their witness and their testimony about this awesome event. This reminds me that He believes my testimony and witness of His glory is important, too.
I’ve thought about those women, too.
“At this time, the testimony of women was of no value. But God valued their witness and their testimony about this awesome event.”
It’s a blessing to know He hears our testimony (and fears, and questions, and gratitude). For God so loved the world, even the women, that He gave His only Son…
Thank you for blessing me with your words today.
Linda, I can’t take credit for being the first to think of how unconventional it was for the women to be the first to witness the resurrection. I think I first read the idea in Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ.” It makes me smile to think of how God does things so differently than we think He should. His ways are not our ways, and I think that is a good thing. Peace, Linda
Thanks for sharing Linda 🙂
I just scheduled tomorrow’s post and smiled as I noticed your header 😉
Christ is risen! What a wonderful message of hope and salvation… And to think that He allowed those with ‘least credibility’ to get the message first.
“This reminds me that He believes my testimony and witness of His glory is important, too.”
I’m glad they did not keep the story to themselves. We too have a mandate to share Him with others. Christ is risen indeed!
Ann, I loved your post today! He has risen, indeed! Peace, Linda