03/08/2021 posted on 3/07/2021 eastern time at 10:44 PM
by Christina Farris
1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
2 And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
3 And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
6 He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, 7 Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words,
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
10 It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. The first words that Jesus had risen begins at the empty tomb on the Sunday morning the first day of the week. The Sabbath being Saturday, the women were unable to go and put spices on the body of Jesus. They were concerned how they would role away the stone that early dawn on Sunday. Women came to the tomb and there was a great earthquake according to Matthew 28, and an angel descended and rolled back the stone from the door of the cave and sat upon it. Now Luke and Matthew account is very similiar except for Matthew is the only book to speak of angel rolling back the stone and earthquake happening. Yet despite the differences in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John no one disagrees with the fact the women were the first to discover the empty tomb. Remember in Luke 23 the women had seen his body in the tomb, where Joseph of Arimathaea had laid him. No one would of touch the body on the Sabbath day that was Jewish law. Yet his body was gone that Sunday morning. In all accounts angel,or angels told the women that Jesus was risen and to go and tell the disciples. John 20 account tells of Mary weeping at the tomb only to have Jesus to appear to her. Yet the Gospels tell of the women seeing Jesus in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Mary Magdeline was said to be the first woman to see Jesus in Mark 16. Yet this is unimportant to the story, because all the woman seen Jesus on the road to see the disciples.
The importance the woman were excited, amazed and frighten of the event, a normal response to their own humanity, yet they could not keep it quiet. They had to go tell the others, as told to do so. God spoke to the women first concerning the birth of Jesus in Luke, and then the men. God spoke to Priest Zachariah first about his own wife being pregant and carrying the forerunner of Christ, and the birth of the Savior to come, but did not speak who would be the virgin who would have a baby. Mary was first to know she was chosen to carry the Messiah. The Women were first to carry the news from the tomb. The women were their to do their duty in preparation of the body so it would not stink, while it decomposed. Yet there was no body to anoint, but Mary of Bethany had annointed the body of Jesus already with Alabastar jar before the last supper. God spoke to the women, perhaps first, because they had eaten the forbidden fruit first. May God spoke to the woman first because he wanted to prepare the disciples to receive the truth of the resurrection. Whatever God's intent it would be the woman to first believe in the resurrection of Jesus. It would be the woman first to know the hope of eternal life through faith in Jesus.
Where are you today in regards to believing Jesus rose from the grave? As a believer it part of the hope to believe in eternal life with Jesus, because with his resurrection came new life and a new beginning of hope for eternity for all that would believe."God so loved the world he gave his only Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16. A powerful verse on its own, and yet it was in the story before his resurrection to come. Jesus destroying death once and for all for everyone that would believe. Yet were their others that rose or never seen death, for example Elijah, Enoch, and Lazareth. Why was it so important for Christ to demonstrate his power of resurrection, to show he had the power to forgive sin, the power to destroy death.
Roman 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord".The proof of God giving Jesus this power to defeat death, and to live with Him through eternity. The power given to Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus who you gave the power to forgive sin and defeat death that sin caused, that our punishment be no more if we only believe in your Son Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Matthew 28:1-10 KJV
1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.