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After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men. Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
The amazing thing about this is not just Jesus’ resurrection, but that He appeared to women first. He told the women to go and tell the “His brothers”. And they were delegated to tell the men. In Jesus’ time, women did not have enough status to be believed with news this important. But Jesus entrusted the greatest news in history to them! What does that tell you about Jesus’ respect and love for women? He loves and knows our worth. He gave “the greatest story ever told” to women first.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your love for women is made manifest in your Word. I thank you for the dignity and love you have given to me, and to all women. I pray, Lord, that all women will realize their worth in you and come home to you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen, Alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!