What Jesus Did! 'Nonsense?' — Luke 24:9-12

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The women left the tomb (grave) and went to the eleven apostles and the other followers. The women told them everything that happened at the tomb. These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary, the mother of James, and some other women. These women told the apostles everything that happened. But the apostles did not believe what the women said. It sounded like crazy talk. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb to see. He looked in, but he saw only the cloth that Jesus' body had been wrapped in. The cloth was lying there alone. {Jesus was gone.} Peter went away to be alone, wondering what had happened.
— Luke 24:9-12
Illustration of Luke 24:9-12 — } Peter went away to be alone, wondering what had happened.

Key Thought

These women have been more faithful than any of Jesus' male disciples in standing by the Lord in his journey to the Cross and to his tomb. When these faithful women go and tell the disciples what has happened, their testimony is dismissed as mere nonsense. It sounded like nonsense to most of the male disciples. Yet all of us, male and female, must realize that the earliest witnesses of the resurrected Jesus were the women who stood by him through his ministry and through his death all the way to his resurrection. These trailblazing heroes of our faith in the resurrected Savior include "Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several others." I don't know about you, but there are a number of women who have pioneered the way for my faith to find the resurrected Jesus, as well.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you so much for the influence of faithful women who have blazed the trail that has led me to believe in your risen Son. Bless them in ways that help them know the eternal difference they have made in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

While Jesus and his followers were traveling, Jesus went into a town. A woman named Martha let Jesus stay at her house. Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice; and it will never be taken away from her."

Luke 10:38-42

After Jesus told the apostles these things, he was lifted up into the sky. While the apostles were watching, Jesus went into a cloud, and they could not see him. Jesus was going away, and the apostles were looking into the sky. Suddenly, two men (angels) wearing white clothes stood beside them. The two men said to the apostles, "Men from Galilee, why are you standing here looking into the sky? You saw Jesus carried away from you into heaven. He will come back in the same way you saw him go." Then the apostles went back to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. (This mountain is about one-half mile from Jerusalem.) The apostles entered the city. They went to the place where they were staying; this was in a room upstairs. The apostles were: Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (the son of Alphaeus), Simon (known as the Zealot ), and Judas (the son of James). The apostles were all together. They were constantly praying with the same purpose. Some women, Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his brothers were there with the apostles.

Acts 1:9-14

Jesus said to his followers, "Things will surely happen that will make people sin. But it will be very bad for the person that makes this happen. It will be very bad for a person if he makes one of these weak persons sin. It would be better for him to have a millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the sea. So be careful! "If your brother sins, tell him he is wrong. If he is sorry {and stops sinning}, forgive him. If your brother does something wrong to you seven times in one day, but he says that he is sorry each time, then you should forgive him."

Luke 17:1-4

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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