In order to fully see the story of the crucifixion, we must look at this story in what we term the Synoptic gospels (seen together) Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24. Each gospel writer tells their version—it paints the full picture.
Matthew 28:5-15 (New King James Version)
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come; see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you." 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me
Luke 24:11-12 11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
Mark 16:1 1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him
The women saw Jesus crucified which was a horrific experience. We all must experience a crucifixion before we experience a resurrection. The crucifixion meant death which was a grueling, horrible death and persecution by those Jesus was trying to minister to. Even the initial suffering before the actual cross caused Jesus to sweat blood but He said, “not my will but thine be done”. Though, we like Christ, must bear our cross—our death is not literal but we must die in many ways and suffer things we do not want to bear. God desires to kill those fleshy things that are not like Him. A dying of sorts- crushing, agony, frustration, and trauma that is inflicted by life trials, storms, and identification of our issues; but we must find the lesson. Trials shape us into the likeness of Christ, humble us, and teach us to walk in forgiveness, walk in peace in grievous circumstances, and endure persecution when we are doing what’s right.
An excerpt from Wikipedia details the crucifixion and a brief description tells us that:
“Jesus fights to raise Himself in order to get even one short breath. Spasmodically, he is able to push Himself upward to exhale and bring in the life-giving oxygen. Hours of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, intermittent partial asphyxiation, searing pain where tissue is torn from His lacerated back as He moves up and down against the rough timber. Carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs and in the blood stream and the cramps partially subside. Finally, another agony begins...A terrible crushing pain deep in the chest as the pericardium slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart. And He dies from heart failure and not suffocation”.
Even at our lowest point, we will never experience this kind of ghastly pain and torment, but we too have low points. It’s in the time when you want to quit, give up and you are barely surviving to gain life that you feel like you’ve had enough, and you literally want to die-- this is the time when God is killing your flesh so He can get His glory in you. The Crucifixion is preparation to carry the gospel and have an authentic anointing.
After that tragic crucifixion, HE WAS RESURRECTED!! Now, the women went before them and begin preaching. Moving and spreading the gospel that CHRIST WAS ALIVE. That which was dead came to life. They left the tomb with fear and joy (both emotions at once) but they ran to take the word both humbled yet passionate. Women, we must go though it may be scary, but if you don’t move on what Jesus tells you, it will not come to pass. It doesn’t matter the modality or vehicle that God calls you to preach or spread His word in—it’s just matters that once He kills the flesh—the spirit is ready for the assignment. Some of the disciples and people did not believe them, because they were women. However, once you’ve been crucified, it doesn’t matter what people say because you’re already dead; so you preach the gospel anyhow. Also, it didn’t matter that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute and was once filled with demons, but because she had seen Christ in His crucifixion and resurrection, she was free to worship Him and became one of the first women preachers. So no matter you past, let God complete what He started, endure your crucifixion experience and you shall experience a resurrection – FULLY PREPARED TO DO WHAT GOD CALLED YOU TO DO!!!