My April newsletter is called Christ for Women.
The Forgotten Story of Easter
If our leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are to be believed, women must be under the authority of men. This means that women cannot be a deacon, and she can not be called to preach.
Easter tells us differently.
Early in the morning a group of women went to the graveside of their friend Jesus to anoint his body with oil. What they received was Jesus’ anointing them to His service.
This was no small thing. We find Jesus telling the woman at the well that he was the Messiah and we see her go out preaching to her neighbors, and we have heard him speaking to Mary and encouraging her to learn at his feet.
And now, on this holy morning, we find Jesus telling the women who he was, and giving them direction to tell others. “Go and tell the men where they can find me.”
The Gospel of Mark tells us that He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, and she went out spreading the good news.
When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
Churches everywhere on Easter morning will tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection and of the women who went to his grave.
Then they will leave the women at the graveside, because they refuse to believe that a woman can preach the good news.