It is the Monday after Easter. On Easter Sunday, in the glory of the resurrection, it is easy – and probably appropriate – to overlook one of the really interesting details of the Jesus story. But now that it is Monday, let’s do some Monday Morning Quarterbacking…
“The women hurried away from Jesus’s tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples” (Mat 28:8).
The Gospel of Matthew says that women were sent by an angel to preach the good news that Christ had risen to the disciples. In fact, this means that women were the first to preach the good news! And when the women arrived at the disciple’s hiding place, their cries of “He is risen” were met with . . . Joy? Not exactly.
“The women’s words appeared to the disciples as nonsense, and they would not believe them” (Luk 24:11).
This translation says that the disciples called the women’s story “nonsense,” but the Greek word is actually lyros which means “lies.” The disciples called their sisters liars. They did not believe that Jesus had risen. And in their unbelief, they attacked the women and their message, disregarding the women completely.
I point out these details for three reasons.
Happy Monday! He is risen!
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