- One week earlier, Jerusalem seemed ready to receive Jesus as Messiah.
- Over the following few days, Jesus’ public interactions became particularly contentious.
- Jesus was betrayed by one apostle and abandoned by the others.
- He was tried by the Sanhedrin, Herod, and Pilate, and ultimately condemned.
- He was mocked, tortured, and killed.
- The women’s actions suggest that they had resigned themselves to Jesus’ death.
- They went to the tomb (and not to see if he had risen).
- They brought spices they had prepared in order to finish preparing Jesus’ body.
- The women’s actions also suggest a certain faithfulness even in their sorrow.
- They hadn’t expected to find the stone rolled away from the tomb.
- They were perplexed when they did not find the body,
- They were not merely surprised (but realized what must have happened when they saw it).
- They did not understand the implications of what had happened .
- The two men in the dazzling apparel were angels.
- The women were understandably frightened by the angels .
- The angels said to remember how he told you. . . .
- The appropriate response to sorrow, confusion, and fear is to return to God’s word.
- In order to return, or remember, you must first have laid a foundation.
- Then build on that foundation by digger deeper into the word, seeking fuller understanding.
- Jesus had said he must be crucified and then rise again.
- Jesus had said it must happen because it was the only way to redeem fallen man.
- Peter (and no doubt the women) marveled at what had happened.
- Their sorrow, confusion, and fear was transformed into joy.
- Their joy was expressed through worship and through blessing God.