In the Gospel Books, several women have been mentioned having been at the Foot of the cross and witnessed the death of Jesus, and not just the death but also the resurrection of Jesus too. According to the Jewish culture at this particular time of Christ, women were looked down upon and oppressed, in effect, this categorized them with Gentiles. Women were not allowed to testify in court. Thus for the women to be mentioned as witnesses in the death and and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a true reflection of the liberation of the women in the New Testament. (Women Empowerment? Hmmm…)
Matthew 27:56 among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons. Matthew mentions that the same women had followed Jesus from Galilee. Matthew tells us that Mary magdalene and the ‘other’ Mary was sitting opposite the tomb. We cannot really tell who the other Mary was given that many of the women following Jesus went by the same name. Mary magdalene and the ‘other’ Mary comes to the tomb after the sabbath and an angle rolls away the stone and tells them Jesus has risen.
Mark 15:40 There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome. In verse 47, Mary Magdalene and Mary mother of Joses took note of where He had been laid. After the Sabbath, it is Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. They get to the tomb and found out that Jesus had risen. They were then commanded to go tell the disciples.
Luke in His book mentions no one by name but notes that the women who had followed Him from Galilee was there at the crucifiction. Luke 24:10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who went to the tomb and didn’t find the Body of Jesus but an angle appears to them and tells that He has risen.
John 19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. John mentions that Mary Magdalene only having gone to the Tomb and learns of Jesus resurrection.
Why were all these women undisputedly noted to have been at the cross? They became witness to the death and resurrection of Christ. They became brave where the disciples were cowering in fear. The disciples had dispersed but this women stood by the Lord Jesus. Their support was unwavering inspite of the situation.