From Easter to Easter

Where did Jesus go? Of course many people have wondered where Jesus was during the time his body lay in the tomb, but that is not what I am asking.

Where did Jesus go? He walked on the earth for many days after his resurrection. We do not know where he was when he was not with the disciples, but that is not what I am asking.

Where did Jesus go? A group of people saw him ascend into Heaven when he permanently left the earth in a physical body, but that is not what I am asking.

Where did Jesus go? On Easter Sunday in many congregations, people are met with, “He is risen!” Women turn to the men beside them and proclaim the risen Savior. Men turn to women and say the same thing. We are all in one accord, and, for a brief time, women open their mouths to tell men the good news. Waking up the morning after Easter, a hand is again clamped down upon women’s mouths. Of course nobody can stop women from telling anybody anything in their private lives, but the church can, and has, put a stop to what women can do, and what they can say, and how they can say it inside the church doors.

Where did Jesus go? I would like to ask pastors and congregations where Jesus goes when they block him from Easter to Easter. Because it was Jesus’ own words to the women at the tomb that women are now forbidden to tell. It is the actions of Jesus toward women that preachers will not acknowledge as being significant.

Where did Jesus go? Has he been bound between the pages of the Bible, as a story to be told—or is he Living in our Hearts Today as we sing so boldly each Easter?

If you wonder where Jesus went, join us as we speak out for women to be able to preach the message Jesus gave on Easter morning.

(from my new book “Women Equal-No Buts: Powered by the same Source.”)

About bwebaptistwomenforequality

Shirley Taylor writes with humor and common sense, challenging the church body to reclaim equality for Christian women.
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