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

Friday, December 27, 2019

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 NLT
Illustration of Luke 24:9-12 NLT — } 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

  • Luke 10:38-42
  • Acts 1:9-14
  • Luke 17:1-4


About This Devotional

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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