Why You Need to Hear About the Resurrection from Women

Why You Need to Hear About the Resurrection from Women March 25, 2018

In Matthew 27:10, Jesus talks to some women. It wasn’t unusual for Jesus. His interactions with women are recorded throughout Scripture. In our 21st century, we often overlook these encounters because they don’t seem out of place. But, make no mistake, it was not common for a man to speak to women in that day and age. At least not like Jesus did. The book of John records two of the most well-known examples of his dealings with women. People often confuse them but the Samaritan woman (or the woman at the well) and the woman caught in adultery are not one and the same. Jesus talked to many other women as well – of course, there was his own mother (Mary). There was also Martha and her sister named Mary. And then were at least two more women named Mary. That’s a lot of women with the same name!

These last two are who we find in Matthew 28:10. We know one is Mary Magdalene and the book of Luke tells us the other is the mother of James. Luke also records that Joanna and some unnamed women were present at this meeting with Jesus. So what was this meeting all about? Well, this group of women made up the first group of people Jesus revealed Himself to after His resurrection. In fact, He told them to go and tell the disciples that He was alive.

Think about that for a minute. Take yourself out of the modern day, “who runs the world – girls”, gender equality mindset, and reflect on the fact that almost 2,000 years ago, the Savior of the World chose to reveal His resurrected self first to women. And not for nothing, but Mary Magdalene was a former demon possessed gal. But when Jesus liberated her – as He has countless others – she became a faithful follower of His. And along with Joanna, Susanna, and others, Mary Magdalene helped support Jesus financially.  She loved Jesus. And He loved her.

The disciples first heard about the resurrection from women because the resurrected Christ first appeared to women and told them to spread the word. This is Holy Scripture and this is why you need to hear about the resurrection from women. The same women that Matthew and Luke tell us about. But, there’s one difference between you and the disciples. You see, the disciples didn’t have the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Even though they walked intimately with Jesus and knew He promised them He would return, they still did not believe the women. The NIV says that they thought what the women were saying “seemed to them like nonsense” (Luke 24:11). Of course, we know now that it is not. And the disciples caught on to that pretty soon after discounting the women, as so many before them had done. But women can’t be discounted. Because Jesus Christ didn’t discount women. He doesn’t today either. As Paul says in Galatians 3:26, there is neither “male nor female…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” The resurrection of Christ Jesus is the most important event in history.  And it was for us all.

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  • David

    Why record that the resurrected Jesus first appears to women, Mark 16:1-11, when, in those days, women
    were not considered the most reliable of witnesses?
    Why record that Mary initially mistakes the resurrected Jesus for the gardener, John 20:11-18, when you’d want
    witnesses to say they saw Jesus, not that they didn’t see him??!!
    That’s further proof, isn’t it, that women were not reliable as witnesses??!!
    The New Testament writers reported the facts, that’s why! They reported what they knew to be the facts!
    They didn’t “doctor” the evidence to make it more palatable.
    And they were guided by the Holy Spirit to unerringly report these facts. John 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:7-9,13.
    The facts; just the facts. So we will believe. John 20:30-31.

  • Carlos Santiago

    I love that the Bible doesn’t put the facade of perfection on the followers. Yet women were highly esteemed by Jesus and Paul in a day as co-workers.

  • Rod Bristol

    Amen!

  • JesusIsFakeNews

    Speaking of Paul he blames women for mankind’s situation and says because of that they cant teach men and should keep at home and make babies…

    1tim2:11 A woman[a] should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women[c] will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

    He also said women ARE NOT the glory of god, but men are and women are just made for and to glorify MAN LOL

    1cor 11:7 A man ought not to cover his head,[b] since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; 9 neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.

    Your revisionist history trying to turn the bible into a feminist book is laughable. The bible hero Lot offered his daughters to a crazed mob of rapists to save two men he never met before because, well, women were just property and bargaining chips back then. Good times.

  • Carlos Santiago

    There is good evidence Priscilla wrote the letter to the Hebrews, In the letter to the Romans chapter 16, (Paul who you say is anti-woman), gives thanks. 1/3 of the greetings are to women named as co-workers, and fellow prisoners. Junia is named as an apostle. Other women in the Bible are named as prophetesses. In Galatians 3:28 Paul further states that in Christ there is no male or female. Archaeology shows that 2/3 of the early followers in the 1st several centuries were women. Why? Because it was open, accessible, accepting and a big step up from misogynistic Roman culture.
    Nice try though.