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Mary Magdalene , Joanna (wife of Chuza, steward of Herod) Mary mother of James & Joseph, the mother of the Sons of Zebedee and the other women
The Bible revealed to us that at this point in the earthly life of JESUS CHRIST, it was only these three specifically mentioned women along with other women from Galilee that were recorded to be there while JESUS was on the Cross, MINISTERING TO HIM.
The disciples who are expected to be there with Him were nowhere to be found. Peter (the outspoken person) denied Him even before a maid as Jesus had prophesied. The funny thing is that when he realised that he had both lied & denied his Master because he was sore afraid, he couldn’t restitute and accept that he was a disciple. These women were not only present and ministering to Him with their possessions (substances) (Luke 8:1-3), they also kept watch. When Joseph of Arimathea took the body of Jesus Christ for burial, they followed him closely to know where he would lay the body of Christ. They also went a step further to know how the body was laid (Luke 23:49-55). This means that they were very concerned about the total well-being of Jesus even at death. The Bible presented a very detailed report on the important role of women in Christianity.
These great women didn’t just stop at identifying who took the body, where and how the body was laid, returned home and prepared spices and ointment to take care of the body. Inasmuch as they cared about ensuring the body of Jesus was well taken care of, they were careful enough to obey God’s commandment concerning Sabbath. God commanded that everyone rest on the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8, 10; Deut 5:12). They refrained from ‘doing the right thing at the wrong time’ by not visiting the tomb on the Sabbath day. They demonstrated the full Gospel of JESUS CHRIST – LOVE & OBEDIENCE. JESUS had said earlier while responding to the Pharisees that LOVE for God is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40), and these women having followed Him closely learnt that and were able to put what they had learnt and believed into practice. Oh how blessed, Jesus said it is he who hears and put them into practice that loves Him (John 14:23).
They were hardworking, persistent and continually demonstrated their love for God which was evident their visit to the tomb immediately after the Sabbath day to anoint the body of Christ. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise to see that these women were the first to carry the most important NEWS in Christendom – the RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. And also the first to have a divine encounter (with two guardian angels) after the death of Jesus Christ (Luke 24:1-10). Which is in fulfilment of God’s Word in 1 Samuel 2:30b which says “them that honour Me will I honour”.
One lesson from these women is that whatsoever act of kindness you’re doing, be consistent, diligent and do it with love and passion. If they had ended their act of love in identifying the where and how JESUS body was laid and didn’t return on the first day of the week with their ointment to the tomb, they wouldn’t have had the single honor of having first hand experiential knowledge and becoming carriers of the GREATEST NEWS IN ALL HUMANITY.
CONCLUSION: This is one of the evidences to disprove the ongoing notion that Christianity has been a “religion of oppression” to women. Women are the pillars of Christianity. What we believe as Christians were first revealed to and told by women. Christianity is a relationship built on LOVE and LOVE does not discriminate, but rather love celebrates, appreciates and honours.