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Pit crew

“Scenes from the passion” Lent devotion for Saturday, April 3, 2021. Photo by Andrew Roberts on Unsplash.

There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. (Mark 15:40-41)

You can’t be a successful Nascar driver without a pit crew. You can’t be a boxer without a trainer, cornerman and a cut-man. Touring bands have road crews. Dentists have hygienists, assistants, billing and insurance specialists, and front office staff. Jesus and his disciples had support staff, many women from Galilee who traveled with them.

I still find that a little surprising. I mean, does the all-powerful, miracle-working, storm-stilling, crowd-feeding Son of God need an entourage? You wouldn’t think so. But Jesus and the disciples got so busy they didn’t have time to eat. Someone had to make sure they got fed. The Son of Man didn’t have a place to lay his head. Someone had to make sure he had a place to sleep at night. Jesus didn’t have a bucket to draw water from a well. Someone had to make sure they had something to drink. Someone has to take care of all the details when you are on the road most of the time.

Preachers must have a posse to do what they do. Sunday mornings involve musicians, ushers, communion assistants and readers. Someone has to clean the sanctuary, deposit the offerings, pay the bills, work the soundboard and video stream the worship service. If you want coffee and snacks, children’s teachers and youth leaders, someone to cut the lawn and another to empty the trash, more people get involved. Not to mention the physical, economic, and emotional support the pastor’s family provides.

I can hardly imagine how these women all felt as they watched from a distance. They had given themselves to this cause, only to see it die right before their eyes. In this moment, they must have thought it was over. It was time to go back to Galilee and to their families.

I want to say to them, “Just wait a few days. You’ll see. It will all be worth it.”

They will see. They will see an empty tomb. They will see what so many patriarchs and prophets longed to see. They will see their risen Lord!

Heavenly Father, thank you for all who took care of Jesus in this world. And thank you for a Jesus who takes care of me. Amen.

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