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Men be like, "We don't do mourning in the morning."

The cross was empty, the tomb was empty, and despite the many times that Jesus told his followers what must happen, it came as a surprise that first morning of this new age.
Tom Spence

Read Luke 24:1-12

Each of the gospels has a slightly different account of that Resurrection Sunday, but all of them begin with the women.

In Mark’s account, the women discuss who will roll the stone away. They were bringing spices to anoint the body for a proper burial. The late Friday afternoon rush job to get Jesus entombed before sundown would not be sufficient for this man who taught about life and love.

In John’s gospel, Mary Magdalene seemed to make a solo journey and found the stone rolled away. So she ran to tell Peter.

Matthew’s depiction of this most unusual morning includes two women named Mary, an earthquake, and an angel sitting atop the stone that has been rolled away from the tomb.

But it is Luke’s gospel that tells us that several women went to the tomb. They were coming to prepare the body of Jesus. There seems to be no discussion along the way, but I think that whatever discussion was taking place was simply not recorded for posterity.

I don’t think 3 or 4 or 5 women could go for a morning walk without some discussion. You could take half a dozen men and walk 10 miles without saying a word and none of them would think it unusual, but women are another story.

Surely they had to be talking about something.

Maybe the Myrrh was on sale or overpriced the week before.

Maybe two of them had on the same outfit.

Maybe they talked about the men who didn’t bother to go to the tomb this special morning. “Men be like, we don’t do mourning in the morning.”

But I don’t think any of them were talking or thinking about what Jesus had told them.

What had he told them?

In many different ways Jesus told his followers what the angels at the tomb told the women.

The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

The conversation should have sounded something like this.

He was delivered into the hands of sinful men.


It is now the third day.


We are going to see the resurrected Jesus.


The women should have been moving briskly towards the tomb in anticipation of seeing Jesus once again and probably talking about the men missing out.

But they were in fact coming to prepare a lifeless body for burial.

But the 2 men in clothes that gleamed like lightning awaited these ladies. The women fell down in fear, but these messengers said: Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

The women went back and told the men and the men were convinced that these girls are talking nonsense.

Maybe not all were convinced. Peter ran to the tomb. There was apparently no sign of these two angels but the tomb was open and Peter entered. There were but strips of linen where the body of Jesus should have been.

The epiphany for Peter and other disciples would come later, but for now Peter left wondering what had happened.

If you want to get an explanation, you have to get up in time to hear from the angels.

But we know the explanation.

Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!

He has risen.

That first morning of this new age has many different and sometimes differing accounts of the women coming to the tomb, but the message conveyed for all of them is the same.

Christ is risen.

He is risen.

He is risen indeed.

Let us celebrate what we know.

Christ is risen.

He is risen.

He is risen indeed.


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