Posts Tagged ‘Jesus is risen’

Luke 24:1-12 Don’t You Remember?

Not just a memory but a revelation

We get to bear witness again to the fact that Jesus is not dead but has risen from the dead. The group of women who followed Jesus’ body from the cross to the tomb will be the first to receive this amazing news. But that news is crouched in a, “Don’t you remember?”

Luke lists three distinct women who bore witness and shared what they had seen firsthand. He specifically includes Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary the mother of James, but he also includes “and the other women with them” (verse 10). This is a plural term so there had to be at least two other women who accompanied the listed three. Not that it really makes a whole lot of theological difference, just curious.

These women were the ones who prepared the spices for Jesus’ body during the three days He was in the grave. This was also the group who discussed who would roll the stone away once they got there. They were doing all the practical things they could think of to care for Jesus after His death. They didn’t have it in their minds anywhere that their ministrations would not be needed. Read more »

Mark 16:1-8 Go Tell His Disciples

My Personal Savior!

My Personal Savior!

Today the women who followed Jesus will get the surprise of their lives. They are on their way to anoint the body of Jesus. They didn’t have a chance to participate when Joseph and Nicodemus were wrapping Jesus for burial. They had to wait until Passover was finished to pay their respects. The very first chance they get, they head off to His tomb. That is where we join our story today.

I started to get hung up on which Mary is which and who when reading this story. There were so many Marys in Jesus life that I can’t keep them straight. I know I’m not alone in that either. Because I was curious I went Googling and found which lists six women in the Bible with the name Mary. I wonder if two of those are the same woman; Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus. I started wondering about that after reading a book about Lazarus. It was a work of fiction but it poses a distinct possibility of the two being one in the same woman. (I previously posted the name of a book I thought was it but have since removed it because it was not the book I was intending to share. I can’t find the original one I read.) Read more »