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

Friday, December 27, 2019

So [the women] 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. But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn't believe it. However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.
— Luke 24:9-12 NLT
Illustration of Luke 24:9-12 NLT —  Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, 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 by 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 other women." I don't know about you, but there are also a number of women who have pioneered the way for my faith to find the resurrected Jesus.

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 24:1-4

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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