And so we pick up our story, Jesus is hanging on the cross, from nine until noon, before the darkness comes.
He is not alone with his tormentors
Some have suggested that these women were not brave for standing by the Lord, because women in that culture where not noticed, therefore there was no real danger to them.
I think there could be nothing farther then the truth. Neither Jewish leaders nor the Roman Government cared a lick what sex you were, if you crossed them they would kill you. These four brave ladies were aware of the risk – and they didn’t care, living or dying they stood with Jesus Christ.
That’s the attitude you and I need to have – brave allegiance
While they practice brave allegiance
The soldiers practiced cowardly selfishness
“What can I get out of this”, was their attitude. Cowards always have that attitude –Brave people stand in harms way, because they believe in a cause that is greater then themselves – the Cowards cause is himself, and whenever he is threatened, he runs with his tail between his legs.
If you are always wondering “what’s in it for me” “what can I get out of this” “how is this going to benefit me” – if “ME” always factors into your decision making process – than you have the stuff of cowardice in your bones.
The women were not like this at all – It was all about Jesus, not themselves. They were weeping over him, grieving with him, worshiping him, there to help him – and if it meant their lives so be it. They lived and died for a cause that was far greater than themselves, the cause of Jesus Christ. They had the stuff of bravery in their bones.
What are you living for? – live for Christ and you will truly be brave.