I just watched a programme about women not being permitted to drive in Saudi Arabia
nor do many other things
it prompted this...
When Jesus, the Word Incarnate (John 1:1-18)
in a garden on the first day of the week while it was still dark
(John 20 context for Jews - the 'first day of the week' RECALLS CREATION BEGINNING particularly 'amid darkness' Genesis 1:2 the earth was formless and void AND DARKNESS COVERED the face of the deep)
so on that day which recalls the first Creation in darkness Mary fetches two men...
BUT it is to Mary in a garden still dark that the incarnate WORD GIVES COMMAND
the WORD - now enfleshed - who spoke Creation into being
in Genesis 1 "and God said"
that same WORD says
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and say to them,
‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
He commands a WOMAN -not the two men she fetched
the WORD incarnate
in this garden in his new resurrected body
gives the command to announce to proclaim the rule of new creation
to a woman
a stunning proclamation of ASCENSION of new rule of authority
John 20:17 Jesus said to HER
“Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers (male persons) and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
In a garden John 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers
and say to them,
"I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
John says it was still dark (John 20:1)
the WORD incarnate gives a COMMAND TO A WOMAN
a command to tell the men
TO TELL THE MEN
of HIS exaltation to rule
the new-creating WORD incarnate heralds his ascension his authority through the proclamation of a woman
through the proclamation of a woman
please do not defy the WORD incarnate
and tell me women cannot proclaim to men the good news the word of God that Jesus now rules
the risen WORD incarnate
and they can drive too
Let's pray women in Saudi Arabia will encounter the risen now exalted WORD incarnate
and know patriarchy has been overthrown
while not yet do we see everything subject to HIM
but new light is breaking in
About Mary Elizabeth Fisher: I started following Jesus in 1972 while a journalist for The Courier Mail. I moved overseas in 1977 living in China, the USA, the UK for a little under 30 years. I returned to Australia in 2005. I love being among the nations. I love study. I love encouraging the coming generations.