Matthew 28

28 Jan

Continuing to go through the book of Matthew looking at one chapter a day and offering a thought, question, or quote. Today it is Matthew 28:

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Who were the first the first witnesses of the resurrection? Women.
Who were not allowed to be witnesses in court in this culture? Women.

One of many of the inadvertent testimonials to the validity of the resurrection isn’t a persuasive argument but an observation. Those first witnesses of the resurrection play a role that no one trying to trick people into believing that Jesus rose from the dead would use. If you were making up a story trying to convince people that Jesus rose from the grave then it would be a poor decision to use women to authenticate the story because they couldn’t testify in court. Their voice didn’t matter. You would use men as the witnesses if you wanted any kind of cultural credibility.

This is just one of many examples in the scriptures in which the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was just something that you wouldn’t think of writing unless you were recording what actually happened.

Not only do women as witnesses at the tomb speak for the authenticity of the resurrection but it speaks of God’s value of the woman’s voice. The church gather’s every Sunday morning traditionally instead of the Jewish Sabbath, Saturday, because of the resurrection occurred on a Sunday. Resurrection Sunday was started off with the voice of women. That first Sunday, women were allowed to testify to the resurrection of Jesus yet for many churches, women are kept silent on Sunday, the day these first women testified to the resurrection, some churches tell them to be quiet. That’s odd.

For more on the Resurrection please read N.T. Wright’s book Surprised by Hope
For more on women in ministry please read Scot McKnight’s blog as this is a subject he has talked about much because at one time he was a part of churches that silenced women in regards to teaching. He has several series that look through the scriptures and the role that women had in the bible and books on the subject by different authors.

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