On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. Luke 24:1 HCSB
On Easter Sunday our family gathers for Easter dinner. My wife usually stays up late the night before preparing some of the food as do others in our extended family. It is a group effort and each portion of the meal is prepared with love.
The women who had traveled with Jesus and the disciples loved Jesus and wanted to make sure He had a proper burial. It was customary to prepare a body with spices to help overshadow the odor associated with a decaying body. In the hurry to get Jesus’ body in the tomb before the Sabbath, the body had not been properly prepared for burial. Evidently, these women had gotten up early at sunrise to prepare the spices. They could not have worked at preparing the spices on the Sabbath. They did this because because they loved Jesus.
Challenge: How much do you love Jesus? What are you willing to do because of your love for Jesus? Are you willing to sacrifice and even face ridicule and death for Jesus?