Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Luke 24:1-2 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb
The women were faithfully carrying out the last actions that could be done to serve a dead man: make sure that he is buried decently and in order. Today it is considered a great mitzvah to care for the dead; there must be proper burial, no offence against the body and decent, honouring behaviour. The women came, bringing spices, so that they could anoint Jesus' body and so bring decent closure to His life.
But when they reached the tomb, although they had done and were prepared to do their part, even though after three days decomposition would have set in, their expectations were completely confounded. Not only was the tomb open, but empty. The body was gone. Everything had changed and although they didn't understand what was going on until they had it explained to them, they knew that their world would never be the same again.