I challenge you with this statement “Christianity is not for the faint of heart”. These women stayed at the cross because as gruesome as it was; He was their Lord. They stayed because of his touch on their lives. Many people knew Jesus, they had seen the miracles, and had even followed him, but there is vast difference between having knowledge of God, and a personal Savior. I ask you today, “Would you have been at the cross? Would you have risked it all just to be by his side? Would you have been able to care for his battered body, that was beaten beyond recognition?” We will never know what we would have done in that situation, however, Mathew 25:40 says, “whenever you saw a brother or sister hungry or cold, whatever you did to the least of these, so you did to Me. So I ask you when is the last time you helped someone pay a bill because they could not afford it. When is the last time you helped an alcoholic get help because they needed it? When is the last time you saw a homeless person and offered them shelter, or clothing? When is the last time you were heart broken over a loved one’s lifestyle? When was the last time you were on your knees before the Lord crying out for mercy? Have we overall become immune to those around us, and sacrifice that was made? Do we dare take the blood of the cross for granted?
Once again for these ladies the story does not end here. When they went to the tomb, they were greeted by wonderful news
Mathew 28:5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
The ladies that had remained faithful even to the last drop of blood was spilled, were now the one’s who received the good news. If this was not enough in verse nine it says, "and Jesus met them.” For all the things they had been through, the ridicule, the emotions, the tears, the devastation, perhaps doubt after his death; Jesus appears to remove it all. Wherever you are, what ever you are doing, whatever you have done, Christ wants to meet with you. If you are not a believer will you meet with him today?
These ladies were so changed by their encounter with the Lord; they were willing to go to the very end. Has your encounter with the Lord profoundly changed you, and if yes, are you living like it? This Easter let us renew our passion for the one who stood in our place.
He is not here for he is Risen!!!!!
The following is a link to “Silently” A song about Mary