On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.
These women were on a mission. They had prepared themselves, then they waited for the Sabbath day to dawn. They wanted to keep ministering to Jesus even after His death.
Of course, the women were not expecting to witness the most significant miracle in the history of mankind! They knew that Jesus was dead. They had stayed at the cross when the disciples ran away. They watched his body being carried to Joseph’s tomb. These women stood by to the very end. In fact, during His three years of ministry, they had supported Jesus. They made sure he was well fed. Now, early on the Sabbath, they wanted his body to smell good.
In this respect, women have outdone men. They were faithful. Although the culture of the time relegated women to an inferior status, Jesus had turned things around. Even in his death, he took the effort to ensure that Mary would be taken care of by giving instructions to John.
On that Sabbath morning almost 2000 years ago, there was a great message that the men missed. A history-changing event had just taken place. But who would be the first witnesses of the resurrection? Who would be the first to proclaim that Jesus had risen? We know that it was the women.
This speaks to the power of faithfulness, the power of commitment, and the fact that God trusts those with more who have been faithful with whatever little they have. Thirty-two years ago, Diane (Diener) said in our wedding ceremony, “Your people will be my people and your God will be my God.” Two months ago, she became a citizen of Kenya. I am forever grateful for her faithfulness to God and to this promise.
Lord, remind us this Easter of the power of faithful commitment to Christ and one another.