Thursday, November 5, 2009

At, Last and First!

At, Last and First

Today, in the reading of the death of Jesus, the burial of Jesus and finally The Resurrection of Jesus I was struck with something the women. The women stayed at the cross, they were the last to leave Him at the tomb and the first at the tomb when they discovered He was alive!

Women that were poor and humble were chosen to be the first witnesses of the resurrection. The scriptures from Luke tell us they followed and saw the tomb where they placed his body. They left and went home to prepare spices to take care of his body. These women followed him during his ministry and they wanted to continue to care for him in his death. They prepared spices that they could anoint his body. The spices were important to these women and they wanted to scatter sweet spices on their Lord and Savior. Yet again, I was amazed with the scripture it tells us ~ But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn't find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled…

Once again, early in the morning was mentioned…not later in the day after other chores were done ~ early. Don't waste a moment to be obedient to God. If you feel God tugging at you get up and take care of it! God probably wants to share something very special with you!

Another thing that grabbed my attention was the stone was rolled away. Now you know this had to grab their tells us they were puzzled. What stone do you have in your life that only God can move away? What habit or choice is standing in your way that only God can push to the side? Give it to Him.

Now down to verse 6 of Luke 24 ~

He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee

Well, these ladies traveled with Jesus right along with the disciples and heard him share what was about to happen to Him. These ladies remained with Jesus throughout and were the first to witness the resurrection and then to go and share the good news. Imagine…Just Imagine…The pain, the heartbreak, the sorrow, the grief, the fear, the sheer joy and they were the first to witness that Jesus indeed conquered the grave.

Why we wonder? After all, women were not first class citizens, but Jesus always treated them with such honor. The woman at the well was the first to hear of the Living Water, Mary of Bethany was the first to realize just how special spending time with Him was and these women were the ones to witness God's Grace through Jesus for all of us.. Amazing Grace how sweet the sound…

Sweet Blessings,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, the devotion that the women showed for Christ is so touching. Praying that I can follow these examples of faithful women that God gave us through His Holy Word.