Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
Matthew 27:55-56 55
All four gospels describe a group of women who were devoted to special ministries to Jesus. These women served, supported, and even traveled in order to prepare the way for Jesus and the Twelve disciples. Mary Magdelene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph were of these women. They were but a few followers (mostly women) who did not desert Jesus at the cross. They remained for the entire tragic event. Can you imagine their hearts gripping with anguish as they crucified their Gentle Savior? They stayed behind when the crowds left the death scene and Jesus’ body was taken to the tomb. Though they saw him die, they could not let him go.
Verse 55 it states, 55Many women were there, watching from a distance, yet in Chapter 28 we find only Mary Magdelene and Mary, the mother of James and Joses. For whatever reason, the other women who were watching from a distance – had not stayed the course, but Mary Magdelene and the other Mary could not leave – they were clinging to Jesus – their Savior and they were following Him to the very end.
Are You Watching From a Distance or are you in it til the end? You cannot be a dedicated Christian woman until you have come to grips with the answer to this question for your own life. What does it take for you to follow Jesus? As these two women Mary Magdelene and Mary show us – it takes faithfulness and commitment to be a true follower of Christ. If we are to be on the move for God we must Pursue Him! It is not nearly enough to come to church and to watch what’s going on around us as a mere spectator – if you want to be on the move for God you must be an active participant who pursues Jesus on a daily basis and will follow Him until the end! So are you watching from a distance or are you in it til the end? Be careful as you answer.
c/Candie A. Price