In the gospels you will notice, “the Angel said to the women…”
Why the women?
Because they were there at the tomb to care for the body of Jesus. They were also at the foot of the cross, and they are present throughout the ministry of Jesus. I’d like to say they are an overlooked demographic, yet the large number of women that Jesus healed, cared for, and prioritized, makes it apparent Jesus never overlooked them. I am always moved when Jesus refers to the various women He interacted with as “daughter.” In a society that emphasized the patriarchal system and treated females as second-class citizens, Jesus elevated women to equal status. This is actually one of the major contributions of Christianity, the restoration of equality before God in Genesis 1:27 “Male and Female God made them in His image.”
I once saw a sign that read, “Do you want to talk to the man in charge, or the woman who knows what’s going on?” People are often trying to get past Carolyn the Church Administrator to ask me a question. I have to redirect them to the woman who knows what’s going on.
Men will all agree it is the woman of the house that establish the positive atmosphere, redirects our wayward attitudes, and generally run the household. I am reminded of the housework-challenged husband who decided to wash his favorite sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouts to his wife, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?” His wife replied, “What does it say on your shirt?” He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.”
On a deeper level, it is often the woman in our lives that are the primary cultivators of the faith in our household. They teach our children about Jesus during the bedtime routine. They remind us to bring Jesus into the situation as we make big decisions.
Whether it is Martha doing all the food preparations or Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, we can see how a woman seeking Jesus sets the spiritual tone. Who saw the resurrected Jesus first? The woman Mary Magdalene because she placed herself in a position to experience the Lord.
Let’s follow her lead and place ourselves in the locations to have an encounter with Jesus. After all, that is why Jesus rose from the dead: so we could have an experience with Jesus every day for the rest of eternity.