Salome was a part of the blessed group of women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, etc.) who followed Jesus the Christ while He was on earth and ministered to Him. They were present throughout Christ’s years of ministry. These women were also present at His brutal crucifixion, His burial, and right after His resurrection. Salome is mentioned in 15:40-41 and 16:1 of the Gospel of Mark. She was one of the first to hear the glorious news, “He is risen! He is not here!” Salome’s part in the Bible may be small, but she has some significant things to teach us.
1. Salome ministered to Christ. Even though Jesus is not physically present with us today, we can still serve Him like Salome did. In Matthew 25, Jesus says He will tell the righteous, “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me…Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
Every person born into this world bears the image of God. When we feed the hungry and care for the sick, befriend a stranger and give clothes to those in need, we are serving God. No good deed goes unnoticed by Him, and when this present time is over they will all be richly rewarded.
2. Salome followed Christ to the cross. When Salome and the other women that were with her saw that Jesus was about to be put to death, they did not desert Him. They went with Christ all the way to the cross. They followed His dead body to the tomb. Because they were faithful to the very end, I believe God allowed them to be the first to know that Jesus had risen from the dead.
When we decide to become followers of Jesus the Christ, we also must be committed to following Him to the very end. The time surrounding Jesus’ death and burial was a time of darkness and despair. Here was an innocent Man being slaughtered for the guilty. An Only Son being forsaken by His Father. Yet, Salome stayed near His side.
No one ever said the Christian life would be easy. It’s certain we’ll go through some dark times and be tempted to despair because of our faith. However, we must follow Christ through the shadow of the cross if we wish to reach the eternal light of the resurrection.
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