Why Did God Choose Women To Deliver The News of Jesus’ Resurrection?
“So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened.” – Luke 24:9-10, NLT
There were two groups of people in the Jewish culture during Jesus’ time whose testimony was considered unreliable and worthless in court: shepherds and women. And, yet, God chose these two groups no one would pick to testify to the greatest news ever.
Why choose them? It doesn’t make sense. If you had important news to share, wouldn’t you give it to the person(s) most likely to be believed? It’s almost like God didn’t want anyone to know, but it’s this fact that makes them the perfect choice. By hinging the news that Jesus had come and Jesus is alive on shepherds and women, it became even more sensational and incredible. It was obvious they weren’t trying to fix the story by having a respected man deliver it and pull the wool over their eyes. It’s so crazy, it’s perfect!
To the shepherds, He gave the dignity of testifying first that Hope had come in the form of a baby.
To the women, He gave the honor of testifying first that Love had conquered the grave.
To both, He elevated them to prove they are reliable and trustworthy in the court of humankind.
Jesus turned things upside down. He didn’t go through the agony of the cross for a few; He went for all people for all of time. He’s included ev-er-y person – women, men, homeless, wealthy, abled, and differently abled – in the opportunity to experience and share His good news.
Today, we are the shepherds testifying to Jesus’ birth. Today, we are the women testifying to Jesus’ resurrection. So let’s run and shout it: He is alive, and He is risen!