Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Matthew 28:1 NET
The Bible is full of extraordinary women. Here in this chapter we find that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary are both mentioned but do you really know who these wonderful ladies are? A quick glance into the New Testament will show us that these ladies had a great role in the ministry of Christ. Lets start with Mary Magdalene. Her last name most likely means that she came from Magdala, on the SW coast of the Sea of Galilee. She met Jesus when he cast seven demons out of her (Mk 16:9; Lk 8:2) and saved her from endless despair. So it should come as no surprise that she becomes a faithful follower of Christ. She was more faithful even than some of Christ’s most trusted disciples. Mary appears at Jesus’ crucifixion (Mt 27:55-56; Mk 15:40-41; Jn 19:25), while all but one of the original twelve were in hiding. She also followed the body of Jesus to his tomb (Mt 27:61) and here in our text we learn that she was the first to learn of the Resurrection of Christ.(Mt 28:1-8; Mk 16:9; Lk 24:1-12; Jn 20:1-9, 18).
The other Mary was not Jesus’ mother but the mother of James and Joseph and the wife of Clopas (see Matt. 27:56; John 19:25). Scripture tells us that she was also at the cross when Jesus died (Matt 27:56; Mark 15:40). She witnessed the burial of her Lord (Mark 15:47), went to the tomb to anoint his body (Mark 16:1), and fled when told by the angel that Jesus was not in the tomb (16:8). In chapter 24 of the gospel of Luke, there is an account of Jesus appearing to two people walking on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. Luke 24:18 identifies one of the persons as “Cleopas” who is believed to be Mary’s husband. Some biblical scholars speculate the other person with Cleopas on the road was his wife, Mary.
Women have always played an important role in the Kingdom of God. This remains true today as well. I want to encourage you to take some time today and let an extraordinary Christian woman know how much you appreciate her service to God’s community.