Luke 23:49,55,56 – “And all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.”
God made women to deal with things differently. We see things differently. We hear things differently. We understand things differently. We deal with things differently. And in amongst the differences between a man and a woman are the individual differences. Different, different, different.
It’s Good Friday, which when you think about it, what’s “good” about it? Whether you believe that Jesus died today or if you believe that He died yesterday or even Wednesday, this is the day He would have been in the tomb. Now, I realize that this part is “good” because He had to do so to fulfill the sin debt that we all are guilty of. I get that. But “good”…….
Anyway, what I want to point out here is what the women were doing. They saw all that Jesus went through. They saw the torturous look on His face. They saw Him being offered the vinegar to drink. They saw Him speak to people from the cross. They saw the natural wonders that happened during and just after His death. They saw Him choose to give up the ghost. They saw the people scoffing at Him. They saw it all. I cannot imagine what it was like for them to be there and see all of this and hear all of this and experience all of this and not be completely and totally torn up.
These were emotional people at their core anyway. They hired mourners for funerals. They were big into show. But, no mourners were hired for Jesus. No big hooplah encurred. No plans had been made as to where to lay Him. Someone had to step up and fill that need.
The women knew that the men had done their best to prepare Jesus’s body, but they knew that there was probably a little more that needed to be done to lay Him to rest properly. So, they went home and prepared some spices and balms to use when they went back to the tomb on the first day of the week. Some may wonder if their preparation of the necessary items showed a lack of faith in His resurrection. I don’t think so. I think that this was their way of dealing with the horrible grief they were under. Remember, we ladies have a way of dealing with things. When my dad passed away from a car accident, the funeral home people asked us how he combed his hair. My dad wore his hair the same way every day for most of his life. We thought it would just do its thing and all would be fine. But it wasn’t. When we went in to view his body, his hair was all wrong. I mean horribly wrong. My grandma did not handle that sight very well. And understandably so, he didn’t look like himself that way. So, somewhere in the depth of me, I was able to muster the gumption to request water and a comb to fix my daddy’s hair in the casket. We women have the ability to muster strength and deal with things that seem impossible. And the women that went through this with Jesus were no different.
My point in today’s little blog is this, to quote Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Now, I know that this is not Scriptual, but still, it describes these women to a “T”. These women did not wake up on the morning of Jesus’s crucifixition thinking that they could handle His death. These women woke up thinking they would go about their day as usual. But by the end of the day, they were completely and totally changed. Their whole belief system was turned upside down and they dealt with it the best way they could. But you know what? Through all of this, they were never out of the Father’s care. He still had His loving eye upon them. They didn’t have the Holy Spirit yet, which is probably a reason that the hurt was so raw. But He never took His hand from them.
No matter what you are facing today, know this – He is with you, always. When you think you can’t handle it, you can with Him. When you don’t know how you will walk down this path, He will go with you. When the decisions in life are overwhelming, He’s there to help. Remember, He never left the women present at His death and will never leave you.