Women at Jesus’ Resurrection
came not to live as a human, but to die as one.
He died to save sinners of the world, like us.
Is that why the Bible is silent on how Jesus lived as a boy, a
teenager and a young man? Besides
the one record of how he went missing at the age of 12 after a family
But what really caught my interest this Christmas is Jesus’ resurrection. Who were on centre stage in the resurrection stories of the Bible? Who were the first people to arrive at the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid? Mark 16:1-3 says, “When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb, and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’”
Obviously the large stone blocking the entrance of the tomb needed at least three strong men to move it [Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus had moved the stone down an incline to shut the tomb, John 19:38-42, and it would take more than two men to move the stone up the incline]. So where were the men, the disciples of Jesus? Why were they not there too? My wife says, half in jest, that it is just like men to sleep late, whereas the women had to wake up early to make breakfast for the men. But is it not more likely that the men were just too scared of being arrested? After all, did not the chief priests, Pharisees and Pontius Pilate post guards at the tomb [Luke 23:62-65]?
What courage the women displayed! They were at the tomb when Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus laid Jesus in the tomb. Matthew 27:61, Mark 15:47 and Luke 23:55 testify to this. And now they came back to the tomb bearing spices and perfume to anoint Jesus’ body. Were women immune from arrest in those days? Hmmm…
or by the time the women arrived, there was an earthquake, and an angel of
the Lord came down from heaven, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His
appearance was like lightning [Mat 28:2&3].
. “The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became
like dead men” [Mat 28:4]. Now
this same angel spoke to the women. Though they were alarmed [Mark 16:5],
did they faint? Don’t you admire the women’s guts?
ran back to where the disciples were hiding and told them what had
happened. Now here’s the
chance for the disciples to regain centre stage.
But did they?
the answer is no, for “they did not believe the women, because their
words seemed to them like nonsense” [Luke 24:11].
Only Peter and John acted on the startling news brought by the
women, that the tomb was empty and an angel had told them that Jesus had
gone ahead to Galilee. The two
men ran to the tomb. But
didn’t Peter and John blow their chance to take centre stage when they
saw the burial cloths in the tomb and then went away doing nothing?
left wondering to himself what had happened [Luke 24:12].
Hey, didn’t the women tell him what had happened?
Was it because he could not believe what the women had told him and
wanted some other explanation for what he saw? Only John saw and believed
what the women had said. Then
he went back to his home, and did nothing too.
the women remained on centre stage. For
Mary Magdalene had run to the tomb with Peter and John!
Hey, how do we know this? Because
John 20:11 tells us, “Mary stood outside the tomb crying”.
Good for her, for “As she wept she bent over to look into the
tomb and saw two angels seated where Jesus body had lain.
And they spoke kindly to her! Then
she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and he spoke to her.
Is that not centre stage, being where Jesus was?
Magdalene went back to the disciples and told them Jesus was alive.
But, wait for this, “they did not believe her” [Mark 16:11]!
Poor, dejected, demoralized, foolish disciples… not wanting to
believe, not even wanting to hope that Jesus was alive again.
And yet, in their dejection, demoralization, and foolishness, we
ourselves can find hope. The
hope that though we too are like that, God can still make use of us, as He
made use of them.
The Christmas Service on 17th December was led by Dr Quek. It was a three-part meditation focussing on "What Christmas Means..." Each meditation began with carols, followed by reading of relevant scriptures and interpretation.
The first meditation was on QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS! Note the attitude of Mary and Zechariah when they questioned Angel Gabriel following his announcement to each of them. The second meditation is on PEACE. We are reminded that one of the most precious gifts we can receive from God is PEACE. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. The last meditation was on JOY AND LOVE because the greatest gift that God has given us is Jesus.
Dr Quek will be our Chapel Speaker next Wednesday (31 Dec).
Intensive Courses by Rev Dr Douglas Milne:
Ms Kelly Kong 22/12
Ms Lim Sio Leng 23/12
Mr Tan Keok Hai 23/12
Ms Adelene Ho 23/12
Mr Beh Soo Yeong 24/12
Dr Chan Shaw Yan 24/12
Mr Jack Lim Choon Haw 24/12
Mrs Christina Ratnam 25/12
Mrs Rina Lai-Teo Wei Fang 26/12
Mrs Alison Ng 26/12
Mr Stephen Yung 26/12
Ms Kuah Leck Ping 28/12
Mr Lim Wei-en 28/12
BGST Council, Faculty & Staff
Wish all of you
A Joyful Christmas
A Blessed New Year!
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