First to Faith?

Happy memory from Easter Sunrise Service, Naples Pier, Naples, FL

It was early in the morning when the women went to the tomb. In their grief they didn’t know what else to do. The one they had believed to be the Messiah, had been brutally tortured to death on a Roman cross. The one whom they had followed for three years: their teacher and friend, was dead. They didn’t understand. When they arrived, they found that the huge stone which had covered the tomb’s entrance was rolled away, and only the linen grave cloths which had wrapped His body, remained on the now-vacant slab. Their grief and bewilderment deepened. As Luke records it, suddenly there appeared to them two men dressed in shining garments, within the tomb, saying, “Why do you seek the living among the dead. He is not here, but is risen.” Luke 24:5-6. They were struck with awe and amazement. Another of their group, Mary Magdalene was told, as Mark records it, “go and tell His disciples!” Mark 16:7 And the women did just that.

They went and they told. They told the other disciples, that Jesus was no longer in the tomb, that the tomb was empty and that He had risen from the dead. To their chagrin, their words were met with unbelief. Both Mark and Luke record how the women were simply not believed. In Luke 24:10-11, the text states, “It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idles tales, and they did not believe them” The women were given the privilege of being the first to hear the Good News that the Lord Jesus had risen from the dead. Then, they obeyed the angel’s instruction, to go tell the others that He had risen. They were obedient to the calling to tell others about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In spite of the initial unbelief of their friends, they told. Eventually, the men came to faith, as the Lord appeared to them and opened their understanding of the Scriptures.

Throwback to Easter sunrise service at the Naples Pier, Naples, FL 2016 with my younger daughter.

How about you? Perhaps you were the first one to the empty tomb, so to speak. The first one to come to faith in your immediate family, your extended family, your workplace,  or another sphere of influence in your life? If so, do what the women did on that first Easter morning. Go and tell them that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Don’t worry about the reaction you receive, simply tell them the Good News. Let the Holy Spirit, through your prayers, bring them spiritual understanding in His timing. It is your job to tell them, it is His job to open their hearts to the message. Be like the women who were first at the tomb and tell them!
 Happy Easter 2018 from A Samaritan Woman Speaks at



Janet DeCaster
Janet DeCaster
Christian Author & Speaker, Janet DeCaster, holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and a Certificate of Biblical Studies from ACTS International Bible College. She has served as a Pastor to women in a local Church, a Deacon, a global missions team member and committed volunteer in many capacities in the Church. She is licensed and ordained for Christian ministry with Resurrection Apostolic International Network, R.A.I.N. Ministries and is a member of the International Association of Healing Ministries, I.A.H.M. She has authored two books, available through her website,

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