Daily Lectionary: Exodus 38:21-39:8; Luke 8:1-21

And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means (Luke 8:2-3)

In the Name + of Jesus. It isn’t often that women get the spotlight in the Bible. But where the men often bumble along, fail to get what Jesus is saying, and suffer from a case of foot-in-mouth disease (we’re looking at you, Peter!), the women are depicted as steadfast, faithful, caring, and nurturing of Jesus and His mission.

Now this doesn’t mean that the women were perfect. Remember that Martha was corrected for working when she should have been listening like her sister. Yet Martha is also the one who confessed the resurrection when her brother Lazarus died. And just before this chapter of Luke (in yesterday’s daily lectionary) there is a certain “woman of the city, who was a sinner,” who loved much because she had been forgiven much.

This is simply to say that the women who followed Jesus were real flesh-and-blood humans like the men who followed Him. They were chosen not because they had some worth or nobility about them, but purely by grace.

In addition to supporting Jesus and the rest of the disciples out of their means, some of these women also played an important role in the Christian faith. They were the first witnesses of the resurrection. This is an important and often overlooked detail. If the followers of Jesus wanted to invent a story of His resurrection, they would not have chosen women to be the first witnesses. Their story would have had no credibility, because the testimony of women was not considered as reliable as that of men at that time,

More important than the women being real flesh-and-blood human beings, their role in the story is to show us that they and we worship a real flesh-and-blood, risen Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the service of faithful women! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

That Easter morn, at break of day, The faithful women went their way To seek the tomb where Jesus lay. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! An angel clad in white they see, Who sits and speaks unto the three, “Your Lord will go to Galilee.” Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! (O Sons and Daughters of the King, LSB 470:2-3)

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