The First Women Teachers in the Church — Luke 24

The women who went to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body for burial became the first women teachers of Jesus’ disciples. Look at their qualifications as teachers!

First, the women loved Jesus. They loved Jesus so much they risked their lives to serve Him. They thought they would be serving the One they loved just one last time by going to the tomb to anoint His body with spices for burial. None of Jesus’ disciples had any expectation or hope that Jesus would rise from the dead, even though He had told them so.

Second, the women were the first to see the evidence of Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus had left behind evidence in what many would call the most remarkable event in human history: He had risen from the dead never to die again. They saw a tomb with a stone rolled away to let them in: Jesus had a resurrected and glorified human body, so He did not need to be let out of the tomb by a rolled away stone.

Third, the women were courageous. Rather than run away in fear, they entered the empty tomb, but they did not find His body. They were frightened when they saw two angels in garments that gleamed like lightning, but they courageously bowed before the angels rather than flee the tomb in fear.

Fourth, the women received a message from God. The angels told them why the tomb was empty and why Jesus was not there. He had risen like He said He would when He was with them in Galilee: Jesus had said, “The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again” (Luke 24:7). Jesus had given them a prophecy of His resurrection, and then Jesus had fulfilled the prophecy. Through the angels’ words to the women, Jesus made them the first teachers.

Fifth, they had good memories. God knew they could share the good news of Jesus’ resurrection, the words of the angels, and Jesus’ words in Galilee with Jesus’ disciples.

Sixth, they were the first Christian teachers and evangelists, for they went to Jesus’ disciples to tell them everything they had witnessed and were taught by the angels. They were the first to proclaim the Good News and would never stop teaching! Whether anyone believed them or not, they would keep teaching the Good News.

Jesus knew His disciples would not believe the women, but He also held them accountable for not believing! They should have believed the women’s teaching! The women had taught them all they needed to know to believe Jesus had risen from the dead! When the two on the road to Emmaus said to Jesus: “Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him” He said to them: “Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared!” (Luke 24:24-25).

Unhappily, Jesus’ disciples did not believe the women as they should have done. Happily, Jesus then gave them many other different opportunities to learn that He was alive by appearing to them and teaching them in unexpected ways at unexpected times, and they believed. The Bible is full of eyewitness testimony regarding Jesus’ resurrection, and God will hold people accountable for not believing, for not believing in Jesus. Because Jesus has risen from the dead, when believers teach, study, or hear the Bible taught “our hearts burn within us” (see Luke 23:32).

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