Dec. 18th 09
Luke 24:8-12 Then they remembered that he had said this. So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples – and everyone else- what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and several other women who told the apostles what ha
d happened. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened. More than any of the other gosp
els, Luke does a great job including women in Jesus’ story. He mentions numerous times (8:1-4) how women were involved as followers (disciples) of Jesus, and contributed to his ministry. Much has been made of the fact that the first witnesses to the resurrection were in fact women, and how their ‘witness’ was received by the other apostles… sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. I think it is significant that Luke includes women (and more so that Jesus did too), especially when considering the authenticity of the whole resurrection accounts.
If the disciples went early on the 3rd morning, stole Jesus’ body and buried it somewhere else, and then fabricating this whole story of Jesus’ resurrection, (which many non-believers believe), they certainly would not have included the testimony of a bunch of hysterical, emotional women; especially the initial witness! No, if this had all been made up, the disciples would have been way more careful to get their story straight, and use “more trustworthy testimony”, than that of a bunch of women. They might have sent Peter, first…oh wait…no, not him, he was last seen swearing before a peasant girl that he’d never known Jesus (22:61-62)! But look again, who was the only one of the disciples mentioned that jumped up and ran to the tomb…Peter!
Sometimes God works in mysterious ways, and this example is no exception. God uses men AND WOMEN in the work of the Kingdom. God uses denying, swearing, sword-yielding, disciples, just as often as praying ones. God might even use me. I hope so.