Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were May Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. – Matthew 27:56
It was the saddest day in the lives of those who followed Jesus. He had endured a sham of a trial, brutal beatings, then the cross. The crowds had deserted him and his disciples were nowhere to be seen. All that is recorded is that there were a few women who stood at a distance and watched. They had come to care for his needs.
There was Mary Magdalene, the woman who many believe was delivered from demons and freed from prostitution. There was also Mary the mother of James and Joses and thought also to be the mother of Jesus. Then there was the unnamed mother of the “sons of Zebedee.” This mother had hoped that the Christ would have a special place for her sons.
All of those who stood watching from a distance had a vested interest in the one who had just died on the cross. It was this connection of concern that drew them to risk their own safety to care for the needs of Jesus..
Some have commented about the fact that they watched from a distance and have left the impression that these women were less than fully committed. The point is that they did follow him and that they were there to minister to his needs on the day of his crucifixion.
The message I see in this vignette is that these women were willing to serve the one who had so greatly impacted their life. These are the ones who went to the Grave early on the morning of resurrection to prepare the body of Jesus for its final interment and they are the ones who found the empty tomb. It was their commitment to Jesus that led them to discover the resurrection.
Their commitment to the Christ took them to their greatest sorrow and ultimately to their greatest joy. We all need that kind of commitment.
Prayer: Lord, you gave so much and I give so little. Grant me the grace to commitment my life fully to serving your kingdom. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: It was this connection of concern that drew the women to Jesus on the cross. They risked their own safety to care for the needs of Jesus. We must also persevere in our commitment to serve.
Affirmation: I have realized the cost of commitment and I am willing to risk my own safety and security to serve him in the best way I can.
Reflection: We are often moved by the emotion of the moment, as when the people hailed Jesus as the king when he entered Jerusalem, but the test of commitment is our willingness to serve when our own safety is at risk.
If you enjoy reading this devotion for today I have a free book I want to give you. This complimentary book is our way of saying thanks for reading the Daily God Walk daily
To get your copy of the free book, "Hope and Promises From God's Word" just complete the form below and include your thoughts on this devotion.
Your Thoughts: We would love to know your thoughts on this post. Just click on the the "comments" button at the top of the page. If you liked this post you may want to get the entire month. Get the entire month of the Daily God Walk as our way of saying thanks for following
this blog. To get your copy JUST CLICK HERE
Check out our other website at www.biblestudydevotions.com
The Daily God Walk now has a study guide edition. Readers are finding that having the study guide helps them internalize the messages in the devotions. It also provides a format for leading small groups. Check it out by clicking here
To get more information about the Daily God Walk or the ministries of New Hope Ministry Resources, or if you just want to make comments on what you read, please fill in the form below.