Matthew 28; Deuteronomy 9-10; Job 8
If you know what it’s like to be given all the work in a family and none of the recognition you can probably understand Mary’s point of view. If you lived in a society that looked down on you because of your gender, you can understand Mary’s point of view. The Bible tells of Mary Magdalene and the other Mary going down to the tomb to anoint Jesus’s body with burial spices. As they arrived at the tomb they were met by an angel who told them unthinkable news. Jesus wasn’t there because He had risen from the dead. They were to be the first witnesses to His resurrection. “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” (Matthew 28:8) I imagine they were afraid. The value of a woman’s witness back them was zero. They weren’t allowed to be a witness in a court of law. If you were trying to start a religion back in those days, basing it on a woman’s story would not be the way to begin! Then, Jesus appeared to them. It’s an amazing validation of women that Jesus appeared first to these women. I’m sure that when they went and told the disciples there were at least a few thinking, “And this is why we don’t let women testify in court.” The story of Resurrection, common place now, was an unbelievable story back then…at least at first. While men later verified the claim, which gave it credibility, God chose to break the news through women. Even today, I meditate on the Resurrection and have trouble believing all that God has done through this amazing event. Like Mary, I am afraid, yet filled with joy as I think about this amazing event.
Lord God, the Resurrection is an unbelievable event at first. You have conquered death, our last enemy. I am grateful that You conquered death, that You offer forgiveness, and that You love me and want to restore our relationship. From the beginning, You have worked through those society values least to do Your work. Let me be faithful not because of my goodness, but because of Yours.