“And then, starting at noon, the entire land became dark. It was dark for three hours. In the middle of the dark afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘… My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ … And then Jesus cried out once more, loudly, and then He breathed His last breath. … So Joseph [of Arimathea] took the body, wrapped Jesus in a clean sheath of white linen, and laid Jesus in his own new tomb, which he had carved from a rock. Then he rolled a great stone in front of the tomb’s opening, and he went away. Mary Magdalene was there, and so was the other Mary. They sat across from the tomb, watching, remembering”–Matthew 27:45-46, 50, 59-61.
I wish churches would focus on the women who followed Jesus more. The women of the Gospels play an often overlooked role in showing us today what it means to follow Him.
The disciples scattered. The disciples doubted. The disciples missed so much.
The women worshipped before Him. The women financed His work. The women waited. The women watched and remembered.
No, this post is not idolizing feminism or women. However, what we have focussed on is the humanity of the male disciples without balancing those thoughts with the spiritual intelligence of the women who also followed Jesus. Yes, we all scatter, doubt and misinterpret. BUT, the women show us that we can reflect and grow into steady, focussed, faith-filled Believers. We need both examples; but too often we glorify the earth-bound humanity of the disciples without challenging ourselves to become Jesus’ other disciples.
The overlooked disciples.
The forgotten disciples.
The female disciples.
As we ponder the wonders of the final moments of this Passion Week, let us also honor the women who followed Jesus by waiting, watching and remembering. Let us allow God to fill our hearts with hope and faith that will help us process the confusion, tragedy and fear in our lives. Because the story is only beginning …
I pray that we will learn equally from those who walk with Jesus, regardless of gender, social standing, identity or background.