“But they [the disciples] did not believe the women because their words seemed to them like nonsense.” Luke 24:11
It’s easy to make this sound sexist. I’m not sure that’s accurate.
What’s more likely is that one group of people has a story that, though true, is inconceivable to the other group. What is also likely is that the first group is so convinced of the truth of what they say that it is hard to stop and make the story sound reasonable.
That’s a familiar situation. Followers of Jesus know the miracles they have seen, know the healing they have found, know the peace that they have experienced. They report on it, with great enthusiasm. They look at each other and speak with a shorthand of their own.
“We saw that…and then that one said…and it was…amazing…you had to be there.”
There is nothing wrong with the enthusiasm. Far from it.
Their excitement and story and chatter didn’t help anyone advance very far in understanding what had happened. (Peter did go to the tomb to investigate, but he didn’t get the story, didn’t see the angels the women had seen, still wondered.)
Here’s the challenge for today and every day: on this day after resurrection day, how do you tell your story?
You need to be descriptive. You need to be thoughtful. You need to reflect your experience. You get to be passionate, yes, and not everything will be logical. But take a deep breath and think of the listener.
After all, the women were talking to the people who knew Jesus best, who knew Jesus’ own prophecies about himself. If this group of listeners heard the first reports and thought them nonsense, what about people who haven’t ever known Jesus, haven’t had three years of conversation with him?