Countless stories are told throughout Scripture how God uses women to accomplish His purposes. Back in the ancient day, women found themselves at the bottom of the social and cultural ladder, excluded from entering the temple to worship with men. And yet, the devoted daughters of Jerusalem were as near as anyone could worship the crucified Savior, at the foot of the cross.
And He saw them.
During Jesus’ ministry on earth, not only did He notice women, He called them out of the shadow of their sin. The scandalous and improper . . . seekers and steadfast, all made clean.
He looked into the eyes of those mourning and lamenting beneath Him. The abiding women He healed and delivered. . . and the favored one who delivered Him. When the immeasurable God-man came to visit planet earth, He fit within her womb.
Jesus valued women.
The multitudes spreading palm branches on the Hosanna path just the week before, deserted Him. The twelve fled. But, the women remained.
They were eyewitnesses of the darkest day in history, when Jesus bled out from whips of mockers, spit of scoffers, and spikes called nails that held His flesh but not His Spirit. Obedience and deep love held Him to the wood.
After His death it was the faithful-to-the-end ladies who first visited His burial and prepared Him with mercy and spices. They didn’t abandon Him and their devotion was rewarded. Now eyewitnesses to an empty tomb before anyone else and the privilege to go and tell the others.
I can’t imagine what it was like for those who remained in the gore of Golgotha, more than a 3D view of what the movie The Passion depicted . . . but then, the resurrection. More than a 3D view of glory, and we can go and tell others today . . . today.
The Messiah mystery, before Genesis through Revelation, and then . . .
and He did it all, from conception to cross to make us His bride . . . men and women.
He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was in Galilee saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered His words. . . . Luke 24