Matthew 28: 8-10.”And they (the women in 28:1) departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy: and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail! And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid; go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.” (also Mark 16:8; Luke 24:8; John 20:11)
Our pastor reminded us yesterday that in Jesus’ time, according to the Torah, the testimony of a woman was not allowed in legal matters. It was considered worthless.
How like our Lord, then, to appear first to the women who loved Him, and to send them to tell the disciples of His resurrection. I am sure that their words were at first received with doubt, but something about them must have persuaded the disciples to go and see for themselves.
The idea that God considers women to be second-class to men is not founded in biblical truth. God loves women, and has honored them over and over throughout the scriptures. It is the traditions of mankind that belittle women; it is not any word of God that does so. Think of the women who ministered to Jesus and His disciples during his earthly ministry. He honored them, and in fact protected them from the anger of His disciples.
Jesus showed great tenderness to His mother when He was on the cross, giving her over into the care of John. Women were of great importance later in Paul’s ministry; he honors them many times in his epistles, mentioning those by name who helped him and helped establish churches.
God loves women. We are, after all, His crowning creation 🙂