As each Gospel writer tells the story of the life of Jesus, they included the events they considered most important to the audience to whom they were writing.
When it comes to the resurrection, they all include the fact that it was the women, specifically Mary Magdalene, who were the first to go the tomb and find it empty.
There are two things about that fact that I find fascinating. First, they were going there with spices. They were going there to preserve the body of Jesus. They did not anticipate the resurrection.
I’m sure they knew a guard of soldiers had been posted there. I’m sure they were aware of that fact that a very large stone had been rolled in front of the tomb.
How were they going to move the stone? Even if they would have been physically able to move the stone, how were they going to get the soldiers to step aside and let them in?
Since the writers do not tell us what they were thinking, we will never know. We can only guess.
The second thing I find fascinating is that each of the Gospel writers records the fact the women were the first witnesses of the empty tomb.
In today’s culture, that may not be significant, but their culture it was. The first century historian, Josephus tells that women were not even allowed to be witnesses in court.
Yet in the most profound event in history, God uses those who the world would not allow to testify to be the first witnesses.
Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.