There were there, not afraid to run even though the crowds who just 1 week before had praised Jesus had called for his crucifixion. Those who had agreed to follow him stayed with him till his last breath.
But surely they had to be confused and hurt in those moments. They had to be wondering, why. Why did Jesus have to die? Why did everyone turn against him when all he did was help people? Could they have done more? What were they going to do now?
And for those first four, they might have even though about picking back up their fishing nets, going back to their boats, and returning to the life they had before Jesus. At that moment, in their grief, they might have lost their hope of the changing world that Jesus taught them of.
As they tried to celebrate their Sabbath day and mourn the loss of their teacher, they probably asked a lot of questions of why.
For those three women though, I can picture them meeting up and waiting for the sun to come up on that third day, marking the end of Sabbath so that they could go to his tomb and care for his body properly. I'm sure that added to their grief, the fact that they couldn't bury him they way he deserved to be buried.
I wonder what they talked about as they walked from their homes down the road towards the tomb. Did they talk about what they would do now? Or did they just walk in silence?
Throughout scripture, Jesus uses cups as examples: he gave a cup of cold water, the disciples were encouraged to share in the cup of suffering, he passed the cup of the new covenant, and he asked God if the cup could pass at the Garden of Gethsemane.
In light of Holy Week, stop and take a moment and reflect on the representative cups that Jesus partook in during the week.
The Cup of Praise - Palm Sunday
- Read John 12:12-13.
- How did Jesus carry the cup of praise?
- How do we participate in this cup today?
The Cup of Betrayal
- Read Luke 22:1-6, 21-23.
- How did Jesus later respond to the cup of Betrayal?
- How does this cup affect our spiritual lives today?
The Cup of Remembrance - Maundy Thursday
- Read Luke 22:15-20.
- What was Jesus trying to convey when he passed the cup of Remembrance?
- What do we remember today when we participate in it?
The Empty Cup - Good Friday & Holy Saturday
- Read Matthew 27:25-28, 45-51.
- How was Christ's full love the means of emptying himself?
- How do we join him in emptying ourselves today?
- What happened on earth on Saturday while he lay in the grave?
Cup of Resurrection - Easter Sunday
- Read Mark 16:1-7.
- How did this moment affect the women?
- What did Christ change about the world when he passed us this cup?
Adapted from Lilly Lewin's Article "Your Cup: A Prayer Tool for Holy Week."