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When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the
Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the
mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the
apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words
seemed to them like nonsense. 12
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the
strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to
himself what had happened.
scholars generally agree that the gospel account of women being the
first witnesses to the resurrection gives support to the veracity of the
biblical narrative. Many a commentator has pointed out that if
overzealous male disciples had fabricated the resurrection story, they
would surely never have chosen women to be the first to know and tell
about the empty tomb.
First-century Jewish society
rejected women as legal witnesses. In fact, it's worth noting that
Luke's account shows the apostles doing just that. Even though these
women were surely well-known to them, the apostles dismissed their
story as nonsense. Because they had a bias against the testimony of
women, the apostles' first response to the resurrection message was one
Response and Action:
can come from very unexpected places. It's all too easy to miss the
truth when it comes from someone I have dismissed as unreliable. Just
because something seems incredible or unexpected or nonsensical to me,
it doesn't mean it is untrue. It's fine to be skeptical and to
thoroughly question and examine truth claims, but it is foolish to
reject a truth claim simply because I have a predisposition or bias
I will be a thoughtful and generous
listener. When people share personal stories, experiences, and beliefs,
I will be careful to not dismiss them without first giving their
testimony honest consideration and examination. I will remember that
God sometimes uses things that seem foolish to shame the wise.
Sometimes God works through the weak instead of the strong. Sometimes
wisdom comes from the mouths of children.
God, save me from arrogance that would blind me to truth. Save me from
overconfidence in myself that might cause me to reject something
authentic and good. Deliver me from any prejudice that would make me
insensitive and closed to the beautiful and redeeming things you are
doing in the world. Give me the humility, the curiosity, the patience,
and the wisdom to see truth regardless of who is speaking it. Help me
to remember that all truth is your truth. Through Christ, I pray.
Spiritual Formation Verses:
1 Corinthians 1:27-30
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God
chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and
the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no
one may boast before him. 30 It is
because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us
wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?
by James W. Sire