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Sermon by the Rev. Dr. George Hermanson, "."
It may be necessary to give a brief preface to this reading of this lesson that the "they" are:
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee.
It is they who had followed Joseph of Arimathea to see where Jesus' body had been placed, and had then gone home to wait for the Sabbath to be over.
Verse 1. Since it was not proper nor safe to be out at night, the women wait for early dawn, the first possible opportunity, to go to the tomb.