How Women Give the Gospels Believability

By Krislyn A. Placide

Everybody knows that when you’re trying to build credibility, you have to cite trusted sources; not Wikipedia, because anyone can edit the information; not a political blog, because they’re known for spreading fake news.

As Christians, we submit to the textual authority of the Bible, believing the death and resurrection of Jesus, God the Son, as our salvation and the propitiation for our sins. We trust that all scripture is God-breathed, as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16. However, when we share our faith with our non-believing loved ones, they may question whether Jesus, whom they may see as an ordinary historical figure or even a man-made legend, really rose from the dead.

Though Jesus didn’t leave behind archaeological evidence of his existence, there is historical evidence outside of the Bible that shows that he did indeed live. But did he really rise from the dead? On the third day after his crucifixion, scripture says that women went to the tomb to with spices to anoint Jesus’ body, and they were the ones who told the disciples, and the world, that his body wasn’t there.

Within the context of that ancient culture, the women who testified to Jesus’ resurrection wouldn’t have been considered trustworthy witnesses. Jewish law prohibited women from testifying in court.

If Jesus’ disciples had fabricated the story of his resurrection, they would not have included women witnesses in their story or made up that women were the first to see Jesus’ resurrected body. Why lie about such a thing? The disciples had no motivation to lie about Jesus’ resurrection because many of them faced martyrdom for telling such a story. Not only that, but it wouldn’t have been a ‘well-crafted lie’ in the first place.

Why?

The first rule of building credibility is citing trusted sources. So clearly, the goal of the disciples was not to build credibility, since they claimed women were the first eye-witnesses of the risen Jesus. So, it must have been solely that the disciples’ main goal was to tell the truth of Jesus’ resurrection to all of the world, exactly how it happened.

We have to wonder as believers why the story played out this way. Why did Jesus reveal himself to women first in a society where they were considered second-class citizens? The story represents one of the many ways Jesus brings the Kingdom of heaven down to earth. Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Tearing down the walls of separation, the Lord established a complementarian order in the world, a heavenly equality between men and women. He showed that women would not just have a place in his kingdom, but would play an active role in spreading it.

Disclaimer: All views expressed by those associated with this ministry or on our platforms do not necessarily represent the opinions of Women in Apologetics, Inc. or its individual team members.

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