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).
Taking Care Of Jesus
The life of Jesus was an incredible schedule of preaching, teaching, healing, endless miles of walking, and finding quiet time for meditation and prayer. It was an exhausting work for nearly three years with little time for rest. Lost in the shuffle of daily activities are the quiet women who followed Jesus from city to town caring for his daily needs. A testimony of the humanity of the Lord was his daily needs of food and drink. He could have miraculously taken care of these needs as he did in feeding the five thousand but that would destroy the humanity of his mission. On one occasion, he saw a fig tree he thought had fruit on it but when he came to the tree, it was barren. Jesus had hunger like all men. When he fasted for forty days, he hungered. At the well of Jacob, he desired water. With few references the gospel writers mention the women who followed Jesus caring for his daily needs.
Jesus had no home to call his own, no income to care for his needs and was dependent on others for his daily provisions. His earthly father, Joseph, was a poor carpenter who died before his ministry began. With Mary his mother he began the journey to the cross accomplishing the work of his heavenly Father. Food had to be provided and these women made those provisions out of their own substance. They fussed over him mending his garments, urging him to rest, following him everywhere he went. Often when Jesus would be teaching his disciples these women would be in the front row listening attentively. There can be no doubt the presence of these women warmed the heart of the Lord as they mothered him with their love.
The ministry of these women had purpose. They were thankful for what Jesus had done for them. The Lord had healed them of evil spirits and how could they express their thanksgiving more than dedicating their lives to his well-being. Mary Magdalene was especially singled out as she endured the torture of seven demons before Jesus cast them out. Some of the women had sicknesses Jesus had healed. What a wonderful relief they felt. Their gratitude was to serve Jesus as he had served them. Remarkably, a woman whose husband was a steward of King Herod also helped take care of the needs of Jesus. Quiet women doing an important work for the Son of God.
There would be another day when these women would be at a place they could never have dreamed would happen. Standing at Golgotha, the women who tenderly cared for Jesus of Nazareth watched him die. It came suddenly and without warning. There was nothing they could do but watch. Along with Mary the mother of Jesus, the women wept as they witnessed the cruelest of tragedies. Their Lord who healed them and thousands of others, showed his power in miracles of feeding, nurturing, proclaiming the will of his heavenly father – was crucified and agonizing with incredible pain – and they could do nothing but watch. Unknown to these women was what they were doing for Jesus. They could not bring him down from the cross but their presence lifted the spirit of the dying Son of God because they were there. As the scheme of redemption was unfolding for the entire world, Jesus stopped and gave reassurance to his beloved mother. It was as if the universe came to a halt as the little boy that graced the life of a maiden named Mary expressed in eternal tones his love for her. How that must have soothed the heart of his mother and the other women with her. Through their tears came the voice of cheer. These women blessed Jesus with their substance and he in turn blessed them with his love.
Women have a vital role in the work of the Lord. The church is filled with quiet women going about doing their work of nurturing, caring, tending to needs and showing the love of God in the hearts to others. Only a few of the women who followed Jesus are named and those who are named have little to be known of their life story. There are multitudes of godly women who love the Lord and from their substance quietly go about doing good. The joy for the women at the cross was realized more fully for what happened on the first day of the week. There can be little doubt the forty days Jesus spent before returning to his father involved spending time with his mother and her companions who continued to care for his daily provisions. The early church was blessed with the example of these women who helped take the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole world. Certain women doing a simple work of caring for the Son of God. What a powerful example in the life of Jesus Christ.