Once the Sabbath was over the job of preparing Jesus’ body properly for burial fell to the women in the group. They set out early to go about their unwanted task and must have been a very forlorn and hopeless group. It is difficult to imagine their confusion and fear at discovering the body wasn’t there. On top of this there appear to be two men dressed in an odd way within the tomb. It’s not surprising that they bow down in fear at this point. It is from this lowest point that the realisation of what has actually happened starts to dawn on them. Such good news has to be shared and they return to the disciples, presumably causing great commotion with their story. This story is not just Mary’s but ours’, we are the ones who now continue to share the message of Jesus’ resurrection and to let it transform our lives.
Reflection – put yourself in Mary Magdalene’s position. She is mourning not only someone she was clearly close to but someone who she thought would change her world forever. She goes from utter despair to utter joy in a heartbeat. How do we approach Jesus’ death and resurrection? How did we view it the first time we heard or believed?
Lord, help us to read these words afresh and see your glory anew today. Amen.
Luke 24:1-12 New International Version (NIV)Jesus Has Risen24 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. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” 8 Then they remembered his words.
9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.