A Little History
A group of women followed Jesus from His ministry in Galilee to the last day of His life. They faithfully supported Jesus from their own means (Luke 8:2-3). They witnessed the worst moment in history— Jesus’ gruesome death— and observed the desertion of His fearful disciples. They also witnessed Jesus’ resurrection. Their experience at the tomb appears in each of the four Gospels. The names of these courageous and faithful women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, Mary the mother of James, Salome, and “other women” who were not identified.
Their faithfulness— Luke 23:54-56
The disciples had deserted Jesus, but these women lingered at the cross to the very end. They observed a man wrapping up Jesus’ body. They then followed this man at a distance to see where Jesus was buried. It was sundown, so they returned home to prepare spices for a proper burial.
Their follow-through— Matthew 28:1-2
These women rose before daylight and traveled alone to the tomb. When they arrived, they found the stone rolled away. They entered the tomb but found it empty (Luke 24:3). Suddenly an angel appeared.
Their revelation— Matthew 28:5-6
The faithful band of women were the first to see the proof of Jesus’ resurrection. The angel said, “He is not here; for He is risen. . . . Come, see the place where the Lord lay” (v. 6). They were then instructed to tell the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead.
Their response— Matthew 28:8
The women departed quickly to carry out the angel’s instructions. Though they were “afraid,” they “told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest” (Luke 24:5, 9). The disciples were skeptical at first, but ran to the tomb and saw proof of the women’s statement. The disciples left, but Mary Magdalene returned and was weeping by the tomb when Jesus appeared to her (John 20:11-18). This was His first appearance to anyone after His death and resurrection.
Their reward— Matthew 28:9-10
Soon after Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, He appeared to the other women on the road. They took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. Then He instructed them to have the disciples leave for Galilee where they would see Him.
Straight to Your Heart
Faithfulness is not optional. A group of women supported Jesus’ ministry for many months. They were faithful with their resources, steadfast at the cross, and prepared to fulfill their final act of service at the tomb. These women did not allow adversity to keep them from ministering to their Savior.
Actions always trump good intentions. The women didn’t simply say they were devoted to Christ. They stayed when others fled. They used their resources to minister to Christ, both before and after His death. Having good intentions is easy, but intentions don’t yield results. Actions yield results. Like the women at Jesus’ tomb, be a woman of action and use your time and resources to minister to others.
Lord Jesus, sometimes I am so tired that I do not follow through on my good intentions. Help me look to You for strength and to find Your purpose in my tasks. Give me the energy to be a strong, diligent woman after Your own heart. Amen.
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How does your faithfulness compare to theirs? “It is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Cor. 4:2).
Read Matthew 28:1-10 and Luke 23:55-24:12.
Actions always trump good intentions.