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WOW: Women of the Word at the Empty Tomb (Luke 24:1-12)

April 23, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

At East Point Church, our desire is to remember the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every week. This week’s sermon demonstrates how the Word God is always faithful. Pastor Carter emphasized the fact that disbelief in God’s Word does not make it less authoritative, infallible, or inerrant. The focus of this sermon is on the vessels God used to share the good news of Christ’s Resurrection, namely, Women of the Word (WOW). There were three distinctive characteristics of these women at the empty tomb: 1) they received the Word, 2) they recalled the Word, and 3) they retold the Word.

The Women of the Word: Received the Word

20140311-184658.jpgBut on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen (Luke 23:55, 24:1-6; ESV).”

The Holy Spirit led the writers of the synoptic Gospels to notate how faithful women were in Jesus’ earthly ministry (cf. Matt. 26:7-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:37-50). In fact, women were a staple of the life of Jesus Christ (Mark 15:40-41). Therefore, there was no surprise that they would be first on the scene to serve Him once more on this Sunday morning.  Nonetheless, when these women arrive to the tomb, they find the stone removed, Jesus was no longer lying there, and two angels before them to bring a Word from God.  These women received this Word with fear (understanding it was God’s Word) and humility (knowing this message was for them, personally).

The Women of the Word: Recalled the Word

Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words…(Luke 24:6-8; ESV).

The Women of the Word, not only heard the words of Jesus, but their hearing of the Word was mixed with their faith in Him.  They believed Jesus was who He claimed to be. They believed that God attested to Him by signs and wonders.  Thus, when these angels exhort them to remember what He said, their response was second nature. They remembered the words of Christ because his word had been implanted in them (James 1:21). Now, what followed was what generally follows when Christ impacts a person’s life in an inexplicable way, they have to go tell someone the good news (cf. lady at Jacob’s well, John 4).

The Women of the Word: Retold the Word

And returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them (Luke 24:9-11; ESV).

Lastly, we see the faithfulness of God first, by taking those who are of no reputation and accomplishing His plans through them. Then, we see in response to God’s grace toward them, they go tell others of what He has done. Unfortunately, the same men who walked alongside Jesus, even enjoyed special fellowship with Him, disbelieved the word of these women (cf. Peter’s Rescue, Acts 12:12-17).  Despite unbelief, God’s Word was still true. Jesus was no longer in the grave. He is not here, but has risen.

Do you believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Do not take the preaching and teaching of the Word of God lightly. Receive the Word of God, as these faithful women did, fearfully and humbly. If God has granted you the grace to hear His Word, please understand that Word is for you.

Are you seeking life from the dead? Do you believe there is life outside of Christ? Whether you believe the Word of God or not, your disbelief does not nullify His eternal Word (Rom. 3:3). The women of the Word had no celebrity or esteem in society. Instead they were the lowest in their society, but God chose to use them that no man or woman should boast (1 Cor. 1:26ff). God is pleased in saving the souls of the underserved and sending out the saved to tell the world of His goodness toward them. 

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