“So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.”

Matthew 28:8

Women were the first witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection. Overflowing with joy, two women named Mary did not walk but ran to proclaim the gospel to Jesus’ disciples. Knowing that Christ was truly alive changed their lives. That they were women is significant to us even today. Their testimony is “a theological reminder that the kingdom of the Messiah turns the system of the world on its head. Into this culture, Jesus radically affirmed the full dignity of women and the vital value of their witness” (Justin Taylor, 2014). 

At a women’s correctional facility in central Iowa, there is a prison congregation called Women at the Well. Their lives, too, have been changed by knowing Jesus is alive. A few years ago my wife and I worshipped with these believers on Good Friday. As the only male in a room of female worshippers, I now had a sense of what it’s like for my female volunteers who willingly serve each week at a men’s prison. 

In Christ, you are valued no matter who you are— male or female, rich or poor, free or imprisoned. 




Scripture Focus

Matthew 28:1-10

Insight

The Spirit transforms our understanding. Paul explains, “There is neither ... male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

Bible In A Year

  • Leviticus 23-24
  • Psalm 58
  • Luke 22