8 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, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 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.
These few verses are more about the people who followed Jesus rather than Jesus Himself, but they tell us about Him. Jesus was a leader, both men and women were prepared to follow Him and to financially support Him. The behaviour of these followers demonstrates high levels of trust and faith in Jesus and what He was doing.
I so appreciate that these women – Mary, Joanna and Susanna – are recorded by name as playing a significant part in Jesus’ ministry. At a time when women were seen as inferior to men, it is beautiful to see their actions, and indeed their presence, recognised in the story. These women probably contributed towards buying food, perhaps purchasing clothing as needed, or renting a space to stay if they weren’t offered hospitality by a stranger.
It is amazing to think that the same God who spoke the universe into being, and who knows the number of hairs on our heads, knew what it was to depend on the kindness and generosity of others. The creator was prepared to, and indeed welcomed, the help of the created ones. Help me Jesus to learn from your example and to accept the help of others!
Jesus, it amazes me that you so desire to include us in your plans. You want our partnership, and you record our contribution to the story by name. Thank you for involving me in your big rescue, use me to bring your peace and hope to the people around me. Amen.
Written by Ps. Beth Waugh