The Women Around Jesus…
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”
Jesus went to His death attended by a loyal following of women who had stood by Him throughout His ministry.
Women played a major part in Jesus’ life and work
It was a woman or women who . . .
Nurtured Him as He grew up (Luke 2:51).
Traveled with Him and helped finance His ministry (8:1–3).
Listened to Him teach (10:39).
Were featured in His parables (Matt. 13:33; 24:41).
Shared the good news that He was the Messiah (John 4:28–30).
Offered hospitality to Him and His companions (Mark 1:29–31).
Were treated by Him with respect and compassion (John 4:5–27; 11:32, 33).
Were healed by Him (Matt. 9:20–22; Luke 13:10–17).
Were praised by Him for their faith (Mark 7:24–30).
Were commended by Him for their generosity (12:41–44).
Worshiped Him and prepared His body for burial before His crucifixion (Matt. 26:6–13).
Stood by Him at the cross (Mat 27:55; John 19:25).
Assisted in His burial (Mark 16:1; Luke 23:55–24:1).
First saw Him resurrected (John 20:16).
Went to tell the rest of His followers that He was risen from the dead (John 20:18).
The Women Who Followed Jesus
Many Women Minister to Jesus
1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,
2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
The Bible’s frequently overlooked revelation that many women were among Jesus’ followers shakes up conventional ideas about our Lord and His disciples…
Several of these female followers appear by name:
Mary Magdalene (Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40; Luke 8:2; 24:10).
Invariably mentioned first, she had been dramatically healed by Jesus and may have been His most prominent female follower.
Joanna the wife of Chuza (8:3; 24:10).
Chuza managed the king’s household, giving Joanna access to Herod’s court.
Susanna (Luke 8:3).
Mary the mother of James and Joses (Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40; Luke 24:10).
Salome (Mark 15:40).
The mother of James and John (Matt. 27:56).
She is remembered for pressing Jesus to let her sons sit in favored positions in His kingdom (Mat 20:20–24).
The Gospels clearly state that “many” other women followed Jesus (Mat 27:55; Mark 15:41; Luke 8:3; 24:1)…
They provided financial support for Jesus and the Twelve, an intriguing detail, given that Jewish women usually had little control over family resources.
Strict codes kept male leaders at a distance from women, so that women rarely traveled with teachers (see “Welcome Women into the Kingdom” at Luke 23:49).
Rabbis were forbidden to speak even to their wives in public.
Jesus apparently thought little of these restrictions, and nothing indicates that He discouraged women from following Him.
They listened to His teaching, accompanied Him in His travels, stood by Him at His crucifixion, testified to His resurrection, and helped spread His message throughout the Roman world.
Women and the Growth of Christianity
“And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.”
Euodia and Syntyche (Phil. 4:2) were only two of the many women who had a role in spreading the gospel and leading the early church to maturity.
Note the variety and significance of women’s involvement:
Prayed (Acts 1:14)
Received the Spirit (Acts 2:17)
Were converted (Acts 2:41)
Hosted the church in their homes (Acts 2:46, 47; Col. 4:15)
Received help (Acts 6:1, 2)
Were thrown in prison (Acts 8:3)
Helped the needy (Acts 9:39)
Were raised from the dead (Acts 9:40)
Aided Paul and his ministry partners (Acts 16:15)
Were freed from evil spirits (Acts 16:18)
Were often the first converts in a city (Acts 17:34)
Traveled with Paul (Acts 18:18)
Taught others (Acts 18:26)
Carried Paul’s letters (Rom. 16:1)
Excelled in ministry and were described as “among the apostles” (Rom. 16:7)
Worked alongside men to proclaim the gospel (Phil. 4:3)
Women have always been an integral part of God’s work.
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