Daily Devotional Friday 31st January 2020

by William Moody

Luke 24:1–12

The Resurrection

24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.


This was a frightening and bewildering experience for these women (v1-5). God’s dealings with His people are not always comfortable as He is this God of glory and awe.

The women are now given hope as they are directed to Jesus’ words in order to explain what was happening (v6-8). To make sense of what is happening to us or around us, we need to turn again and again to Christ’s word, the bible. Many believers live in unnecessary fear as they fail to apply the Bible to their personal situation.

The women report what has happened to the disciples, but they fail to believe (v9-11). Peter wisely decides to investigate matters (v12).

Why were the women chosen to be the first witnesses of the resurrection? The answer is simple, they were the most devoted. The most devoted to Christ, will get some of the greatest spiritual blessings. Are you missing out on so much due to a lack of devotion?

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