During the weeks after Easter our staff in Melbourne CBD have been reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus. Last week we took some time to look at how Matthew's gospel talks about the resurrection:
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
(Matthew 28:1-10, NRSV)
One of the things we noticed was that the first people to hear the news of the resurrection were women, and that Jesus told them to go and share the good news with the men. At the time this was written, the witness of a woman was not considered to be valid, but this story is a story about God working through the witness of women. Even now, some Christians claim that women should not be allowed to preach or teach, but in this story the founder of the Christian faith tells women to go and share the good news of the resurrection with the men.
This observation led us to ask who are the people in our own society whose witness is not normally considered trustworthy. Some mentioned injecting drug users. Others mentioned politicians. This story called us to consider whether we're open to the possibility of hearing good news of new life from these people.
- Christop Booth, Faith Engagement Coordinator