Saturday Morning Promises – Great Stories
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, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities–Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance. (Luke 8:1-3)
Those Who Took Care Of Jesus
The ministry of Jesus was not without the demands of everyday living. For nearly three years the Lord journeyed throughout the countryside and cities preaching, healing and teaching His disciples. Lost in the busy activities of the day are the common needs of all men for nourishment and care. The Son of God was a man who needed to eat, revive Himself with drink and sleep. Jesus could have miraculously produced all His food as He did with the feeding of the multitudes. His life as a man among men was like others requiring supplies to be bought and needs met. He needed a place to lay His head. His body needed to eat and keep fluids flowing allowing the demanding schedule He keep daily. Behind the scenes of what we read in scripture a group of women (and others) daily filled His needs.
It must have been quite a chore to keep up with the frantic pace of Jesus. Mary His mother was often with Him. As the disciples grew around Him people took their place in providing whatever needs Jesus and His disciples required. It seems that many of these helpers were those who out of a heart of gratitude owed Jesus their lives. Being healed of evil spirits would be life changing. Having the infirmities of the flesh removed was filled with such joy. Taking care of Jesus was their way of saying ‘Thank you’ for a gift they could never repay.
As the scene at Golgotha unfolds with Jesus being crucified on a cross, the camera turns to the crowd where standing with startled eyes Mary His mother, her sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene and many other women who followed Jesus from Galilee. They had ministered to Him taking care of all of His needs but now could do nothing but watch Him die. How sad. Jesus spoke to John asking him to care for Mary His mother. How the tears must have flowed that day as these kindly women watched their friend and Teacher suffer. The heart of Mary was nearly bursting. But she knew it was God’s plan.
The group of ladies who served Jesus reminds me of the many in the Lord’s church today that quietly work behind the scenes doing so much for the kingdom of God. They go unnoticed and unrewarded by men but God sees them. Jesus sees them and must remember those beautiful people who cared for His needs when He walked among men. Thank you ladies for what you do. God bless you men who silently go about the Lord’s work. Young people who shine as examples of godliness in their simple ways bring blessings to the work of the Lord. These people – these wonderful people – now that is a great story.
Take that gift that God has entrusted to you no matter how humble it may seem to be, and use it in the service of Christ and your fellow men. He will make it glow and shine like the very stars of heaven. (John Sutherland Bonnell, What Are You Living For? 1950)