Women and the Resurrection

Studying the Resurrection has settled several things for me and one of them is that all of Jesus’ contacts on Easter morning did not happen by chance.  The fact that Jesus and the angels talked only to the women of the group of disciples was not by chance. (John and Peter showed up but no one talked to them.) I feel that it was the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15 because the woman’s seed had crushed the serpent’s head so the ladies should have been the first to know that Jesus was alive.

I think it is noteworthy that women were present on the way to the cross, present at the cross, and boldly had gone to the grave while the only man that was mentioned at the cross was John.  The women that are listed as being at the grave and/or cross are Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Joses and James the younger, Salome, Joanna, and the others (possibly Mary Jesus’ mother, His aunt, and Mary the wife of Clopas who was at the cross).  I compiled this list from Mark 15 and 16, Luke 24, and John 19.  Mary Magdalene is mentioned in all four Gospels as being near the tomb on Easter.  In Exodus 23:17 it says that three times a year all the men are to appear before the Lord so the women being present at the feast showed their commitment to God and to Jesus.

Mary Magdalene has become the center of a lot of controversies but I think she knew The_Resurrection015what she had been delivered from and was thankful for it.  She seems to have been a detail-oriented person who was very outgoing and was not afraid to take charge of something and get it done.  Mary also had the ability to get other people on board with a project and get things finished.  She above anyone else would not have been the least bit intimidated by the negative disbelief of the men and her persistence paid off by moving John and Peter to go to the tomb.  I doubt she was alone when Jesus called her by name but it is possible and would be consistent with her character; she was going to find the body of Jesus and properly bury Him.

Jesus rewarded the faithfulness of women and settled for all times their importance in the Church by first showing Himself to them that Resurrection Morning.  He used them to challenge the men to believe and to get moving to Galilee as He had told them.