THE ROLE OF WOMEN AT EASTER
Right from the time that Jesus Christ was about to be crucified up till when he rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, the bible has records of some women’s involvement with the events that unfolded.
In Mark 15: 40 CEV some women were looking on from a distance. They and many others had come with Jesus to Jerusalem. But even before this they had been his followers and had helped him while he was in Galilee. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joseph were two of these women. Salome was also one of them.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS PASSAGE
The bible identified three women in particular MARY MAGDALENE, MARY THE MOTHER OF JOSEPH AND SALOME. We will use these three women as representation of the womenfolk. Look at the profiles of Mary Magdalene, she had a bad past but Jesus gave her a new beginning.
Before the resurrection there was the crucifixion, a time of pain, agony, despair, when things are not going right. When faith is weak and hope is dim. These women knew Jesus they had ministered to him in Galilee. There will be times that our faith will be tested, when we pass through situations that are contrary to what we expect or believe, it may be a particular challenge in your life, marriage, business or health. AT SUCH TIMES, HOLD ON, STAY STRONG because a RESURRECTION MORNING is coming.
Mark 14: 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body was placed.
These women were afar but they were not cut off, they were abreast of everything they had firsthand information, because they were observant. As a Spirit filled woman, Keep on praying, keep on believing, keep on confessing the Word of God but be aware of what is going on around you, in your family in the lives of your children, what are their peculiar challenges, what remedial actions can you take. This will even inform what you pray about. Do no delegate your motherhood to hired helps, be on top of things. Do not delegate your wifely duties give time and attention to your husband. Be aware of what is happening in your nation and intercede. Jael was a housewife but was very aware that Sisera was against Israel and she killed the enemy with her hospitality.
Mark 16: 1-2 CEV After the Sabbath, Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother of James bought some spices to put on Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just as the sun was coming up, they went to the tomb.
These women were diligent and committed to the Lord Jesus even in death. While Peter a high level Apostle had denied Jesus and was probably hiding away, these women came out early on Sunday morning and went to the tomb with the spices they bought with their money.
As a woman this Easter renew YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD. Your commitment is shown with your level of DILIGENCE in your purpose, your calling, your vision and your mission. Whatever God has put in your hands. Invest your resources in God’s service like these women bought spices.
Mark 16: 3 – 6 CEV On their way, they were asking one another, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” But when they looked, they saw that the stone had already been rolled away. And it was a huge stone!
Just like these women had a concern, a challenge and they were worrying about it. You may have an issue that you are wondering about. Whatever may be bothering you at this time, the message of Easter to you is that THE STONE HAS ALREADY BEEN ROLLED AWAY. No matter how huge the stone of your challenge is, God is able to make a way for you.
Mark 16:5 -6 The women went into the tomb, and on the right side they saw a young man in a white robe sitting there. They were alarmed.
The man said, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus from Nazareth, who was nailed to a cross. God has raised him to life, and he isn’t here. You can see the place where they put his body.
WOMEN WERE THE FIRST TO DISCOVER THAT JESUS HAD RISEN. THROUGH THEIR DILIGENCE, PERSISTENCE AND COMMITMENT TO THE SAVIOUR
a) Your role as a woman is to be Spirit filled by seeking God diligently, in prayers, studying the Word and in service. He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. God will reward you with testimonies, revelations, insights that others may not have. Even before the apostles knew the women had privileged information.
b) Mark 16:7 CEV Now go and tell his disciples, and especially Peter, that he will go ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.”
We are to bring the good news of the gospel, the resurrection to others. We have a role in evangelizing others, bringing them to Christ. As women we have a role in nurturing those who may seem very weak right now but have incredible potential. Peter was fearful, exuberant, unstable but, HE HAD A TREMENDOUS AND STRATEGIC ROLE TO PLAY IN THE TRANSITION OF THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE NEXT CRITICAL LEVEL.
As a woman there are people under your sphere of influence right now that are not pleasing to be with, that look like failures but you have the responsibility to nurture them AND BRING OUT THE BEST IN THEM, WITH YOUR LOVE AND PATIENCE.
So our role this easter is to use our MOUTH WISELY, let our words be seasoned with grace as we speak to our husbands, children and everyone under the sphere of our influence.
Just as we are expected to make nice meals for our family this season, we must minister the love of our RISEN LORD.
THE POWER OF RESURRECTION IS ABOUT
*RESTORATION – Whatever has been lost God is able to bring back.
* DEAD THINGS COMING BACK TO LIFE…dead marriages, relationships, finances can be revived.
* THE TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER EVIL.
* WEEPING MAY ENDURE IN THE NIGHT BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNING
* THE ESSENCE OF OUR FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BECAUSE HE LIVES, WE HAVE ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM.
WE WITNESS ABOUT A RISEN AND LIVING CHRIST, AND THIS IS THE CRUX OF OUR FAITH.
HE IS ALIVE FOR EVERMORE HALLELUYAH!!!