After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.9Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:1-10, NRSV)
The first witnesses of the resurrection were women! Without women, we would not know of the resurrection!
The angel told the woman to see where Jesus had been and told them that he has risen as he had told everyone would happen. Now go and tell the disciples.
But who would believe the women? Jesus knew the disciples would meet him as he told them. But where does Jesus tell the disciples to meet him? The angel tells the women that he is going ahead of them to Galilee and he will see them there, and Jesus tells the women the same thing, but the disciples meet him on the mountain that he had directed them to, and where did this happen. And I’ve never been to Galilee so I’m not sure how big it is, but even telling someone go to Little Suamico and I’ll see you there, they would be like where in Little Suamico, while most people would be, where is Little Suamico?
But Jesus rose from the dead, the grave could not hold him. He met with the women, then he met with the disciples and he sends us all into the world to live as he did and to share his love. Believe it and it will change your life!