After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the tomb. Look, there was a great earthquake, for an angel from the Lord came down from heaven. Coming to the stone, he rolled it away and sat on it. Now his face was like lightning and his clothes as white as snow. The guards were so terrified of him that they shook with fear and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him. Now hurry, go and tell his disciples, ‘He’s been raised from the dead. He’s going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ I’ve given the message to you.” With great fear and excitement, they hurried away from the tomb and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them and greeted them. They came and grabbed his feet and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Go and tell my brothers that I am going into Galilee. They will see me there.” (Matthew 28:1-10, CEB)
He is not here!
He’s been raised from the dead!
Go and tell his brothers he is going to meet them in Galilee!
All of this to the women, Mary, and the other Mary. Every gospel has women as the first ones to see the empty tomb and to share the gospel.
Without women, we would never have known the Easter story!
Do not be afraid, Jesus is not dead, he is alive.
God loves you and wants you to share the love and know that everyone has a place, not just those you chose, but everyone.
Women, who still aren’t included as leaders everywhere, or even as full people everywhere were the first proclaimers of the good news.
God wants everyone to be a part. God needs everyone to be a part.
Loving People. Loving God.