Mat 28:1-10 (ESV)
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
One of the many inspiring and awesome attributes that marked our Saviors life during His earthly ministry was how he reached out in acceptance toward women. When society at large isolated them, Jesus included them and after His resurrection, He continued to reach out to them. The first people He showed Himself to were woman. The Resurrected Life brings freedom to all oppressed people. Man pushes down, but Christ lifts up. Man prohibits and even forbids, but Christ releases and anoints. The religious gang would never have accepted a known prostitute, reformed or not, but not our Savior, His ministry always was and always will be one of acceptance – not based on a person’s position or moral state, but on grace and mercy through simple faith in His name and His sacrifice. The stone wall that imprisoned women, through Christ has now been rolled away – men just couldn’t see it nor were willing to accept it.