Come to Jesus, you women. He is yours. You are his. You have unique opportunities to impact the world with God inspiring you with his Holy Spirit. Opportunities that men do not have. We are equal yet not the same. The abundant life he offers you is unique to you.
After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
You might have the idea that the disciples of Jesus were men. And you’re right. In the official roster of apostles there were 12 dudes. Women at the time were not on rosters. The right to vote and other freedoms represented in equal rights movements were yet to come. And so we see Jesus name 12 apostles, yet there is more. Read the fine print.
Mary and Joanna and Susanna were there following Jesus, and don’t forget Mary the sister of Lazarus, who was a very close friend of the Lord. They were all there. In fact, they were co-labourers with the others, sharing even in the costs of the ministry of Jesus. Out of their own means. These were women of means. And of influence. Joanna’s husband managed Herod’s household. Such relationships and positions provide for influence.
Why is this important?
It sets the record straight. It helps women understand that the gospel isn’t a man’s story in a man’s world. It’s God’s story in God’s world.
From Eve the helper who completed the not-good-to-be-alone Adam,
to Rahab the prostitute who served God and was a pivotal character in the history of God’s people,
to Esther who was placed by God for ‘such a time as this,’
to Mary the girl who was blessed by God to carry his son,
to the women who were first to the empty grave because they adored Jesus,
to the foundational truth that in Christ there is no male or female because we are all equal in Jesus,
God’s story lifts and celebrates women who share in Jesus!
Come to Jesus, you women. He is yours. You are his. You have unique opportunities to impact the world with God inspiring you with his Holy Spirit. Opportunities that men do not have. We are equal, yet not the same. The abundant life he offers you is unique to you.