Women hold a special place in the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. During his life, he reverenced his mother and paid respect to other followers of the feminine persuasion.
Jesus honored his mother in keeping of the Fifth Commandment (Ex. 20:12). When he was twelve years old, Mary rebuked him for leaving their caravan to attend a debate session with elders in the temple. Jesus understood his true mission involved teaching His Father’s principles to these leaders, as well as the common people, of Israel. Rather than playing his “I am God” card, he submitted to the wishes of his mother.
Before he had officially launched his earthly ministry, Mary implored Jesus to help her with a practical problem. Mary served at a marriage feast in Cana and the host possessed an insufficient amount of wine for his guests. Mary told Jesus about the problem and then instructed the servants to follow his instructions.
I envision Jesus shrugging helplessly (or maybe rolling his eyes a little) as he responded to his mother, “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come” (John 2:4). I’ve actually seen this look on the face of my sons when I ask them to wash the dishes or take out the trash when they’re in the midst of some computer game. Jesus honored his mother and handled the situation immediately. He didn’t even have to lift a finger.
Many women disciples of our Lord enjoyed gentle interactions with Jesus. He spoke no harsh words to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:11). When Martha complained about carrying the burden of serving all alone, Jesus kindly reminded her that spiritual things took preeminence over the physical (Luke 10:41) without condemning her choice to serve his physical needs over her own spiritual needs. Jesus comforted and encouraged Mary Magdalene wept beside his tomb (John 20:15-18).
When I hear people say the Bible is a misogynistic book, I’m amazed by their lack of understanding. I have read a so-called religious book that permits husbands to beat their wives and lock them in a room if they’re disobedient. No such thing can be found in the Bible. When the Bible speaks of stoning women for adultery, it also commands the adulterous man to be stoned. This reflects that in God’s eyes, all people are created equal and the punishment for sin is universal.
Some women think a church that disallows a woman from being ordained as a pastor or deacon is discriminatory. Are these positions more important than those that God explicitly leaves to women?
Did any person on earth have more impact on Jesus than his mother? Women can choose to be mothers and impact the world by raising godly sons and daughters. Women can opt to be Sunday school teachers and shape the hearts, minds and character of many young people and future generations. They are called to mentor younger women and be godly examples to all.
While God clearly states that men can be bishops and deacons, he relegates the honor of mothering the next great evangelist and leader to the women. According to the Apostle Paul, the reason Timothy had such strong faith was the result of his mother and grandmother teaching him by their example (2 Tim. 1:5).
Welcome to my weekly post in my church’s blog. The intention of this page is to encourage women in their service to the King of Kings. What topics would you like to see covered?
Up next week: Every Woman’s Purpose