Scattered

Why did women take spices to Jesus’ tomb to prepare him for burial when it had already been done? (Luke 24:1)

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus already had brought enough myrrh and aloes to embalm a hundred or more bodies? (John 19: 38-40, NIV)

I don’t think they were talking to each other.

Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ (Matthew 26:31, NIV)

Now women of course travel in packs. (Just watch us head for a bathroom!) They were of no consequence to the men who were in their own little holy huddle. These women told the men what they had found, but no one believed them.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. (Luke 24:9-10, NIV)

And moreover, some women of our company astounded us and drove us out of our senses. (Luke 24:22a, AMP)

When believers do not trust the Christ or even each other, they scatter.

What is happening at your church that might cause a scatter? What can you do about it?

Prayer – Lord, bring us together as one in Christ. Amen

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