I do not know why these women decided to go to the tomb so early in the morning. For some reason they wanted to get to the tomb in the very early hour of the day. It is certain that they did not think that they were going to see a living Christ. On the night that Jesus was crucified, they had prepared embalming spices to put on the dead body of Jesus, according to their custom (Luke 23:56). It was these spices that they had brought with them to put on his lifeless body. The women did not expect Jesus to have risen from the dead.
Of course, Jesus had told all of his disciples that he would come back to life after three days, but it all seemed just too incredible to them to think that it was true. These women were among those who followed Jesus, so they had also heard his words, but neither did they completely understand or truly believe what Jesus said about this. They thought that he must have been speaking figuratively.
Perhaps it is understandable why they would not expect to see Jesus alive on that morning. They had seen the horrendous beating that Jesus received at his trial. The women had witnessed the appalling and atrocious flogging and torture that Jesus had endured three days earlier. So bloodied and mutilated was he, that it was astounding that he even stayed alive long enough to be lifted up on the cross of crucifixion. Indeed, as he hung on that cross, he had died. They all saw his lifeless body hanging there. A Roman soldier had even driven a spear into his heart. No one could have expected him to come back to life.
Except of course, there was that fact that Jesus had told them that he would...(click below to read more)