There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
by: Joy Choquette.
If we were to look up the words “faithful” and “loyal” in an illustrated dictionary, perhaps we would see sketches of the women who stood near Golgotha, watching their beloved Jesus die on the cross. Most of Jesus’ disciples had fled. The men He had lived and worked and traveled beside for the past few years were gone. But these women remained, hearts breaking as they stood near the cross and wept bitter tears. Is there a place where Jesus is asking you to remain loyal and faithful to Him today? Say yes, even if your voice shakes with fear. He will never leave or forsake you.