To the women first

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When Jesus rose from the dead and appeared first to the women, he must have known that, in those days, the testimony of a woman would be considered half as valuable as that of a man. He must have known that the disciples would not believe them.

In fact, if he knew those things and he knew what he was doing, then he must have appeared first to the women because he knew that the disciples would not believe them.

Think about that. Jesus made his own resurrection more difficult, more dubious, more unbelievable precisely because he wanted his disciples to trust the testimony of women. And when they did not get the message, when they did not get with the new way of the Kingdom, when they continued not to trust the testimony of women, “he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected.”

Jesus came to overturn Adam’s curse; but at his resurrection he overturned Eve’s curse as well.


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