Angels Answered

The women watched. They waited, and clung to one another and they wept.

It wasn’t their place to intercede, or interfere. They followed, they prepared, they whispered, watched and waited. Oh they sobbed, and cried, and wailed, but they never took their eyes from Him.

It wasn’t their place to predict or pontificate, to protect. No they had no voice in matters of state.  They knew their place; that their rebuttals would gather nothing but scorn and still they never left His side.

Matthew 27:55

And many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him were there looking on from afar

Mark 15:40-41

There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses and Salome, who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

Mark 15:46-47

then he bought fine linen took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen and he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.

Matthew 27:61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb.

Luke 24:55-56

and the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed after and they observed the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they returned and prepared spices and fragrant oils. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

Matthew 28:1

Now after the Sabbath as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.

Early they arrived. They stayed to observe. They watched all that happened to Him they had ministered to.

They had ministered to Jesus. They cooked for him and set the table for him and disciples and guests. Patted the dough for his bread, carved the meat and prepared. Took up his dishes and cleaned them. The women washed and repaired his garments, prepared the places He would rest in advance and retreat of their missions. They also listened to the teaching, the questions and prayers. Though they may have been on the periphery they also received healings from Jesus, learned of the Father’s love and how to pray to believe.

Now they mourned and wept and watched. Oh what they had witnessed, the pain and suffering of He who was to be their mighty king! But they did not shy away in disgust and despair. No they dutifully prepared to carry out the rights of the dead, preparing the spices and fragrant oils to annoint our Lord’s body with.

What tears must have spilled down into the mixing bowls, trailing into the pots fragrant oils of myrrh and rosemary?  How tenderly they must have set the annointments aside to bring to the tomb at the ready at the first light of dawn. How lightly they must have slept waiting to leave and trying to process seeing Jesus crucified, knowing He was now dead and gone.

The second the Sabbath was over they were on their way.  Crossing through the streets carrying their satchels of spices, heads covered, watching for Roman guards. The cool morning like any other to everyone else.

They made their way to the tomb.  At first they couldn’t understand, guards struck down? That huge stone rolled away? Linens left aside? No body? Where could He be?

Angels answered.

Mark 16:1-7

Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices that they might come and annoint Him. Very early in the morning on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”

but when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away– for it was very large. 

And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is Risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, and tell His disciples-and Peter-that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”

So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed.

Angels answered. They women who waited and watched steadfast in honor to the Messiah heard first! He Is Risen!


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