The Women Who Followed Jesus?

The Women Who Followed Jesus From Galilee

God gives a special emphasis to the presence of a company of women by the cross of Jesus. Their presence is in stark contrast to the apparent absence of The Twelve except for John who stood with Jesus� mother, Jesus� aunt, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the wife of Clopas.* These women had followed and served him from the beginning of his ministry in Galilee to his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection into the beginning of the first century church. Luke names Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna who, along with other women cured of diseases and demonic oppression, traveled with Jesus and The Twelve. These women supported his ministry out of their own finances. (Luke 8:1-3, Matthew 27:55) Susanna is never mentioned again by name. Joanna, the wife of the manager of Herod’s household, is named by Luke as one of the women who carried the message of the empty tomb back to the disciples. (Luke 24:10) Mary Magdalene is identified as the one out of whom seven demons was cast; she is never referred to in the Scriptures as a prostitute. Matthew adds that Mary Magdalene was present among the women disciples at Jesus� crucifixion. (Matthew 27:55-56) John tells us that she stood with him, Jesus� mother, and at least two other women near enough to the cross to hear Jesus� last words and to witness his death. She is named by Matthew, Mark (Mark 16:1), Luke (Luke 23:55; 24:1-11) and John who all report that this Mary was among the women who prepared the burial spices to place on Jesus� dead body. She was given the privilege of being the first to see and speak with the risen Christ, and to give the other disciples the good news that Jesus was alive. Mary Magdalene and all these other women followed Jesus because he had healed them. They believed his power to heal came from God. They followed Jesus without expecting to be given positions of power and authority over others. They didn’t quibble over who got to be vice-king in the new administration of God’s Kingdom under King Jesus. Instead of looking for free meals of bread and fish, they gave to him out of their own resources. None of them deserted him when he appeared weak and defeated. They made plans to honor him by tending to his dead body. They grieved over his suffering and death; over the loss of a good man, not the loss of a potential king who they hoped would free Israel from Roman occupation. Luke gave us the detail that the women disciples of Jesus also waited in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:14) They continued to serve him in the early church and suffered persecution for their faithfulness to Jesus their Messiah, their Lord and Savior. These women did what needed to be done, not for personal gain or selfish ambition, but out of gratitude and a desire to give help. They model perseverance even when the cause seemed lost. They model devotion to our Lord and Savior. They model a willingness to take up their cross in the persecution they suffered. (Acts 8:1-4) They model community in their traveling and working together in the work of the Lord. Jesus himself commissioned them to be the first to announce the good news of his resurrection. We do not know the names of most of these women; but God knows who they are. These women, named and unnamed, did their work without hope of recognition in this life. Their hope in God was confirmed in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.*Some have speculated that Clopas may be the Cleopas of Luke 24:13-35 since there is only a minor variation in the spelling of the two names in Greek. If so, then Mary wife of Clopas, who stood at the foot of the cross could be the other disciple who spoke with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Near the Cross of Jesus

The Women Disciples of Jesus

Click here to While we most often focus on the twelve disciples as followers of Jesus, we sometimes overlook others who followed Jesus. Of course, there were the crowds that are often mentioned in association with Jesus. But there were others that are specifically mentioned as being Jesus’ followers. Luke tells us that there were a large group of women who were also followers of Jesus. In fact, Luke lists the women along with the disciples. 8:1 Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, 8:2 as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 8:3 and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources. Mark tells us that the women at the cross were among those who followed Jesus and provided for him. 15:40 There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 15:41 These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem. Matthew also tells us of women followers at the cross and later at the tomb (cf. John 19:25). 27:55 Many women were also there, looking on from a distance; they had followed Jesus from Galilee and had provided for him. 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee…. 27:61 Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb. Mary Magdalene is one of those women, along with Mary the mother of James and other women named in the various accounts. Mark also tells us that a great number of women had come with Jesus to Jerusalem. The Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) all describe the women as those who had followed Jesus. The Gospel writers use ″follow″ over 75 times to show that following Jesus means being a disciple of Christ (for example, Matt 4:19, Mark 1:18, Luke 5:11, 27-28). The twelve weren’t the only disciples who followed Jesus as he traveled through Galilee and Judah teaching, healing, and proclaiming the coming of the kingdom of God. This apparently large group of women also followed and witnessed Christ’s miracles and preaching throughout the region. These women also ″provided for them out of their resources″ (Luke 8:3). ″Provided″means ″to serve, wait on, minister to as deacon,″ and it was used in the early Christian community to describe ″eucharistic table service and proclamation of the word″ (Jane Schaberg, Women’s Bible Commentary, 376). These women supported and served Christ throughout his earthly ministry. They too were in service to the kingdom along with Jesus and the twelve. Mary Magdalene ″was a prominent disciple of Jesus who followed him in Galilee and to Jerusalem. She is always listed first in groups of named female disciples″ (The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 884). She is mentioned in all four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion. Mary was one of the women Luke named in chapter 8, not only following Jesus, but serving him from her own means. She stood at the cross with the other woman and saw where Jesus was buried. She was the first to see the Risen Christ. She became known as the apostle to the apostles. In all the Gospel accounts women are the first to the tomb Sunday morning, and they are the first to see the risen Christ and commanded to carry the good news to the disciples. Mark 16:1 When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him…. 16:5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 16:6 But he said to them, ″Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 16:7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.″ Matt 28:1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb…. 28:6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.″ 28:8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Luke 24:1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, theycame to the tomb,… 24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body. 24:4 While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 24:5 The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ″Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. 24:6 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 24:7 that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.″ 24:8 Then they remembered his words, 24:9 and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. John 20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ″They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.″ In all four accounts different women are named, but one name is constant in all four gospels: Mary Magdalene. In John 20 she is the first to the tomb on Sunday morning, and the first person to whom Christ reveals himself after the resurrection. After Mary discovers the empty tomb she runs to where the disciples are staying and reports that someone has removed Jesus from the tomb, and she does not know where they have put him. Peter and the beloved disciple then run to the tomb where the beloved disciple stoops down and looks in, and Peter enters the tomb. Peter sees the linen wrappings and the head cloth then the other disciple enters and sees the same thing. After seeing the linen and cloth the beloved disciple believes but does not understand because he does not realize the reality of the resurrection. Peter and the beloved disciple then leave. John 20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. 20:13 They said to her, ″Woman, why are you weeping?″ She said to them, ″They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.″ 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 20:15 Jesus said to her, ″Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?″ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ″Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.″ 20:16 Jesus said to her, ″Mary!″ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ″Rabbouni!″ (which means Teacher). Mary remains at the tomb weeping. She leans down and looks in to see two angels who ask her why she is crying. She answers, ″They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him″ (John 20:13). She then turns and sees Jesus but does not recognize him. Jesus asks her, ″Whom are you looking for?″ (v. 15). The first words Jesus said at the beginning of John were to the disciples of John: ″What are looking for?″ (John 1:38). Looking for Jesus is ″one of the marks of discipleship in John.″ The repetition of the question in this chapter ″establishes continuity between Mary and the first disciples of Jesus″ (Gail R. O’Day, Women’s Bible Commentary, 389). Mary still does not recognize Jesus until he says her name. In something as simple and intimate as saying her name ″the reality of the resurrection is revealed,″ (O’Day, 390) and Mary becomes the first person to see the risen Christ. John 20:17 Jesus said to her, ″Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’″ 20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ″I have seen the Lord″; and she told them that he had said these things to her. Apparently she tried to hug him, but Jesus tells her, ″Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father″ (v. 17). It is not as harsh as it sounds. The relationship between Jesus and his disciples cannot remain as it was. Jesus cannot be held on earth–he must ascend to God, so that God’s plan to build his kingdom through the church can begin. Only when Jesus ascended to God would the Holy Spirit come and give his followers the fullness of life that Jesus had promised them. They could not hold him down with any preconceived notions or ideas–he was raised from the dead, and the possibilities of what he could accomplish through his believers were infinite. Jesus then commissions Mary to proclaim his resurrection: ″Go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’″ (v. 17). Mary obeyed. She returned to Jerusalem to proclaim, ″‘I have seen the Lord’; and she told them that he had said these things to her″ (v. 18). She was the first preacher of the good news of the resurrection to the same men who had just been at the tomb before Jesus appeared to Mary. In fact in all four gospel accounts Jesus appeared to women and commissioned them to go proclaim his resurrection to his male disciples. The tradition that Christ appeared first to women was well established by the end of the second century when Celsus, a pagan critic, discounted the gospel and resurrection by saying that an account given by a hysterical woman could not be trusted (cf. Luke 24:11). Origen, an Early Church Father, responded by saying that there was more than one woman who witnessed the risen Christ, and that none of them were hysterical in the Gospels. It is ironic with the low status of women in that day that Jesus chose to appear to Mary and the other women, and that ″the first Christian preachers of the Resurrection were not men, but women!″ (The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 883). Jesus did not first appear to the ″vicar″ of the church, Peter, or even to the beloved disciple. He appeared to Mary and the women who followed him and served him. Mary saw him first, and she received the central tenet of the Christian faith: ″He is risen!″ She was the first to proclaim the good news, or gospel, of the resurrection. Jesus could have just as easily appeared to Peter and the beloved disciple, or to the disciples cowered behind locked doors. That he appeared to Mary first can only mean that this was by divine appointment and was a deliberate act on his part. Women as well as men were credible witnesses to the gospel and were commissioned to preach it to all with whom they came into contact. And the women were faithful in proclaiming the Gospel, even to the disciples.


Shawna Renee Bound, ″Women in the Gospels″ in Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: A Biblical Theology of Single Women in Ministry, unpublished thesis, (Copyright � 2002 by Shawna Renee Bound). C. S. Cowles, A Woman’s Place? Leadership in the Church (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1993). Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992). Gail R. O’Day, ″John″ in the Women’s Bible Commentary, exp. ed., eds. Carol A. Newsome and Sharon H. Ringe (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998). Virginia Stem Owens, Daughters of Eve: Women of the Bible Speak to Women of Today (Colorado Springs: NavPress Publishing Co., 1995). Letha Dawson Scanzoni and Nancy A. Hardesty, All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, 3rd rev. ed. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1992). Jane Schaberg, ″Luke″ in the Women’s Bible Commentary, exp. ed., eds. Carol A. Newsome and Sharon H. Ringe (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998). Gerard Sloyan, John (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1988). Aida Besancon Spencer, Beyond the Curse: Women Called to Ministry (Peabody, MA: Hendricksen Publishers, 1985). -Shawna R. B. Atteberry, Copyright © 2018, Shawna R. B. Atteberry – All Rights ReservedSee Copyright and User Information Notice
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The Women in Jesus’ Life

  1. Jesus and the Females Jesus can legitimately be described as radical for a variety of reasons.
  2. One of these characteristics is his extraordinary regard for women.
  3. When Jesus was taken into custody, his followers fled in panic.
  4. Rugged fisherman, as well as at least one radical revolutionary, were among the frightened followers who fled the scene.
  5. Only Peter and John were able to collect the bravery to accompany Jesus into his experience, and they did so from a safe distance behind the scenes.
  6. The Lord, however, drew Peter’s attention after he had denied Jesus for the third time that night in a gaze that tore at Peter’s heart″ (Luke 22:61).

Then there’s Peter, the man of action who had only a few hours before slashed the servant of the high priest with a sword, the one who had only hours before assured Jesus, ″I am prepared to go to jail with you, and even to die with you,″ who slunk away into the darkness as well.John, as well as two religious officials who had silently come to believe in Jesus, stayed.To bring Jesus’ corpse down from the crucifixion, Nicodemus worked with Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy member of the Council who was instrumental in orchestrating Jesus’ murder.

Together, they buried Jesus in Joseph’s own burial.Others, on the other hand, stayed until the very end and even beyond.Then there were the ladies.Women were the ones who walked with Jesus all the way to the crucifixion.

″A big throng trailed behind him, including many grieving ladies,″ writes Luke the historian, who provides us with a thorough description of the crucifixion (Luke 23:27).″Jesus’ companions, including the ladies who had accompanied him from Galilee, stood at a distance observing″ while Jesus hung from the cross, according to the Bible (v.49).These ladies also accompanied Joseph to the tomb, where the corpse of the Lord was lovingly laid to rest (v.

55).Importantly, after the Sabbath, it was some of those ladies who were the first to arrive at the burial, beating everyone else.″The women went to the tomb quite early on Sunday morning,″ Luke describes the event (24:1).They appeared to be completely unconcerned with public opinion or any potential legal implications, as they were motivated solely by love and devotion for Jesus.What was it about women that made them the most courageous?

In the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, religious leaders were known to cross the street in order to avoid contact with a female.Devout males expressed gratitude to God on a daily basis for not having been born feminine.Simply coming into contact with a woman may cause a man to become ceremonially unclean.So, what exactly did Jesus do with all of this information?He did this by gently launching a peaceful revolution, of course.Women were welcome to sit with Jesus and listen to him speak.

He went up to them on his own initiative.When his followers went into town to get food, Jesus approached a woman and asked her for a drink.This obviously could not have been done by a respected rabbi, and the woman was taken aback.

The woman said that she was a Samaritan woman and that she was Jewish.″Can you tell me why you’re asking me for a drink?″ (See also John 4:9).The reason why he was asking her for a drink was because he was too busy demolishing barricades and making bridges out of the rubble.Naturally, his adversaries used this as ammunition against the Messiah, who was tearing down barriers.

When ″a particular immoral lady″ (Luke 7:37) paid a visit to Jesus in the home of a Pharisee, his host became enraged at her public display of devotion to the Messiah.″If this man were a prophet, he would be able to tell what sort of lady is touching him,″ he reasoned to himself.″She’s a wretched sinner!″ (See v.39.) A narrative of forgiveness and love was presented by Jesus to the religious man, interrupting his self-righteous views.″Her sins have been forgiven,″ Jesus said at the end of the sermon (v.47).

″Go in peace,″ he said to the woman after that (v.50).Keep in mind the tale in John 8 as well.A woman had been apprehended while engaged in adultery.However, only the woman was brought before Jesus, which was a significant distinction.) In order to lure Jesus into either endorsing the woman’s execution by stoning or allowing her to go free without penalty, the religious authorities intended to utilize the situation to their advantage.When it came to the core of things, Jesus did so expertly, pointing out the hypocrisy of her accusers and defending the woman’s integrity without violating the law.

  • The Lord’s feet were anointed with costly perfume just a few days before his execution by Mary the sister of Martha who was also his cousin.
  • Matthew 26:8 says that some of the men were ″indignant″ by the extravagant display, but Jesus told them to ″leave her alone″ (John 12:7).
  • In spite of this, we have found no evidence that any of these religious leaders accused Jesus of any sexual impropriety.
  1. Neither the charge nor the evidence was presented during any of his trials.
  2. This is a striking example.
  3. If Jesus’ religious adversaries had believed that he was guilty of such a crime, they would very probably have brought the allegation against him.
  4. It’s probable that everyone was aware of Jesus’s personal integrity in this subject, making the charge unlikely in the first instance.
  5. Because Jesus ate and drank with sinners on a daily basis, he was accused of being a glutton and a party animal (Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:34).
  1. However, he was never accused of being sexually inappropriate with a lady.
  2. As a result, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that certain women accompanied Jesus to the crucifixion with a devotion that was equal to their anguish, even after his followers had forsaken him.
  3. Perhaps the women had a more thorough grasp of who Jesus truly was because they were more acutely aware of the differences between him and the other males in the room.
  4. They definitely appeared to be the first to recognize what he was up to at the time.
  5. Visit this site to learn more about Jesus and women.

Who Were the Women Who Followed Jesus?

  • It may seem strange to devote a whole post to the women who accompanied Jesus throughout his public ministry, yet that is exactly what we are doing. However, it is important for readers to remember that ancient literature did not spend a large deal of time describing ladies. When they did, they frequently used pejorative language to describe the situation: Aristotle saw women as inferior to males when it came to leadership (Politics)
  • and statesman and orator Pericles stated, ″A woman’s reputation is best when men talk little about her, whether it is good or bad.″ (Hipponax)
  1. Here is a collection of some of the other remarks made regarding women in ancient times that are worth reading.
  2. Because a woman’s testimony would not have held up in a court of law at that time, the women who were the first to see the resurrection would have rendered the tale significantly less convincing to the people who were alive at the time of the event.
  3. Leaving aside ancient attitudes of women, the Gospels appear to devote a significant amount of time to female characters, as contrasted to their textual equivalents.
  4. What was the identity of these ladies who followed Jesus?
  5. What do we know about each of them as individuals?
  6. And what can we take from from their experiences?

Mary Magdalene

  1. Mary Magdalene is healed by Jesus after seven devils are exorcised from her (Luke 8:1-3), and she then follows Him when He cures her.
  2. In ancient literature, the number seven, whether symbolic or literal, represented a large number of people.
  3. As a result, Jesus demonstrated His dominion over the forces of darkness and His capacity to save us from even the most catastrophic of situations.
  4. It’s possible that some readers confuse Mary with the prostitute who washed Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50), although there is no scriptural foundation for this association.
  5. In addition to being there during Jesus’ death, Mary was among the first to observe the resurrected Jesus (John 20:11-18).
  6. Her presence was felt at Jesus’ trial and execution, when everyone of the disciples save for John had left.

She stood by to console him.Lessons learnt from Mary include the fact that no one is ever too far gone to be saved.If Jesus was able to deliver Mary from seven devils and she went on to become one of His most devoted disciples, then He has the ability to alter us as well.

Mary the Mother of James and Joses, and Salome

  1. James’ mother, Mary, was the mother of one of Jesus’ followers, and the first of these was Mary (Matthew 27:55-61).
  2. She gave financial support for Jesus’ mission, and two of her sons appeared to accompany her from Galilee to Jerusalem at the time of his resurrection.
  3. She was there during Jesus’ death and, more than likely, at His resurrection (Mark 16:8).
  4. James and John’s other mother, Salome, inquired as to whether or not her boys would be given ″places of honor″ in God’s heavenly kingdom (Matthew 20:20-21).
  5. Because she was one of the ladies at Jesus’ tomb, she was also present at his death and resurrection.
  6. Lessons learnt from these women: Even if God places our children in positions of ministry, this does not rule out our own participation in the ministry on our own terms.

These women gave up all in order to follow Jesus and provide for His work on the earth.When their sons left the cross, they lingered behind and were among the first to see Jesus’ amazing performance three days later.

Joanna the wife of Chuza, and Susanna

  1. An anonymous group of women (including Mary Magdalene) who are mentioned in Luke 8:1-3 made contributions to Jesus’ ministry and needs ″out of their own private means.″ Even while it was not uncommon for women to hold down a profession in ancient times, it was more rare.
  2. These ladies, who had been healed by Jesus’ ministry, made the decision to forego their material possessions in order to join him.
  3. She does it with great enthusiasm since she is the wife of a high-ranking court official who would have had a lot of resources to donate.
  4. According to this report, she may have had to give up her social position as well, because women were not meant to ″socialize″ with males outside of their families at the time.
  5. Susanna does not have a well-known family member with her given name, such as Joanna, for example.
  6. She donated regardless of whether she had a lot of money or little money at all to her name.

She is grateful to Jesus for healing her both physically and spiritually, and she joins Him and His followers as they carry out their work.The following are some lessons acquired from these two: Whether the Lord has blessed us with vast wealth or with very little, we owe it to Him to give back in order to express our thankfulness for the healing that He has provided.

Many Other Women

  1. Despite the fact that these women are not named in the Gospel, they sacrificed their time, skills, and even their own livelihoods in order to follow Jesus.
  2. In a period when women were not permitted to socialize with males from outside their family, they risked social prestige, familial pressure, and, most likely, the loss of friendships in order to follow Christ.
  3. Acts 2:1-4 describes how many people remained faithful and remained to receive the Holy Spirit as a result of their actions.

What does this mean for us?

  1. We have no justification for not giving our all to Jesus.
  2. Women in His time had limited influence and, at times, even less financial resources.
  3. In the end, they handed over their entire lives to Him, particularly to demonstrate their thankfulness for His remarkable work in their lives.
  4. We may feel as though our time has passed as we see our children take on ministerial responsibilities, but it didn’t deter Mary and Salome from doing their jobs.
  5. Alternatively, we can be concerned about how our peers will perceive us, or whether we will measure up in contrast to our believing friends and family members.
  6. Even yet, Joanna, Susanna, and Mary Magdalene were unafraid to speak their minds.

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The Women Who Followed Jesus from Galilee

  1. ″The Galilean Women Who Followed Jesus,″ a play by David Mamet, is set in the first century.
  2. Liahona, March in the year 2022.
  3. The dedication displayed by women in the life of Christ, wrote Helen Mar Whitney in 1883: ″Look at the devotion given by women in the life of Christ.″ She was the last person to remain at the Cross, and the first person to arrive to the Sepulchre.″ 1 Despite the fact that Sister Whitney did not identify which ladies she was referring to, the women who accompanied Christ from Galilee are among those she mentioned.
  4. These women are described by Luke in his account of Jesus’ ministry, who ″went throughout every city and village, preaching…
  5. : and the twelve were with him, and certain women, who had been healed…, Mary called Magdalene,…
  6. and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto him of their substance″ (Luke 8:1–3; emphasis added).

The term ″many others″ suggests that there is a substantial number of people in the group.A large number of devoted ladies were present with Christ.These women instruct us on how to build up the kingdom of God and how to be present with people who are in need of our help.

Their example teaches us to be courageous and to remain close to Christ even when situations are difficult.Possibly most significantly, they demonstrate to us that we can leave the darkness and enter the light through faith in Jesus Christ.As seen by Luke 8:2–3, the women who followed Christ were not passive; rather, they actively and monetarily supported Him in His mission (see also Joanna, Susanna, and the many other women who followed Christ).Joanna is particularly stated as being married to Herod’s steward, which most likely suggests that her husband was in a position of financial and political influence for King Herod Antipas, the ruler of Galilee at the time of her marriage.

These ladies were probably present for several of Christ’s discourses in Galilee, as well as miracles such as the healing of the woman with an issue of blood and the healing of the lady who had been afflicted for 18 years (see Luke 8:43–48 and 13:11–13).These individuals were most likely present for the feeding of the 5,000 as well as several other miracles (see Luke 9:12–17; 14:1–4).The ladies who had been with Christ during His Galilean ministry joined Him on a weeklong journey to Jerusalem when His Galilean ministry came to an end (see Matthew 27:55–56).

Mourn with Those Who Mourn

  1. Just consider the fact that these ladies traveled with Christ from Galilee and were there at His Crucifixion for a little moment of reflection.
  2. However, while the scriptures do not specifically mention their participation in any of the other events that took place during the Savior’s final week on earth, it appears likely that they were present at His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, heard His teachings in the temple, and perhaps participated in other events.
  3. This group of women was there at Calvary, according to Luke’s account: ″Allacquaintance, and the ladies who had accompanied him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding″ (Luke 23:49).
  4. Many women were present at the cross, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children, according to Matthew, who records that ″many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children″ (Matthew 27:55–56).
  5. 3 Consider the intense anguish that these ladies felt as they stood by the cross and watched the Savior suffer.
  6. We have all experienced occasions when folks we care about have suffered tragedy and we have felt helpless to prevent it.

Despite the fact that they were unable to influence the situation, the ladies at the cross stayed present with the Savior during His great agony.It is through their examples that we can see that one method to ″cry with those who cry″ (Mosiah 18:9) is simply to be there with people who are suffering.

Be Brave and Stay Close

  1. These ladies also serve as a model of bravery for others.
  2. Because they were identified with a person who had been executed by the Romans, it is possible that their decision to linger at the cross put them in danger.
  3. According to Camille Fronk Olson, who wrote on Mary, the mother of Jesus (who was also there at the cross), the following is true of these women: ″Standing beside Jesus in what others viewed as a disgraceful situation, Mary also signaled that her fear of God outweighed her dread of man.″ The fact that Mary maintains a low profile signals that, unlike the other disciples, she would not disavow her relationship with Jesus.″ 4 This large number of ladies not only witnessed Christ’s death, but they also ″saw the sepulchre and the manner in which his body was buried.″ It is recorded in Luke 23:55–56 that ″they returned and prepared spices and anointments, and they rested on the sabbath day according to the law.″ Given the danger they were under from either the Jewish authorities or the Romans, these women may have made plans to escape town as soon as possible.
  4. Instead, they began preparing spices for the body of Christ (see Luke 24:1).
  5. Despite the fact that their future was unknown, they remained in close proximity to Jesus.
  6. The Christian author Max Lucado offers the following question on the Saturday following the Crucifixion: ″When it’s Saturday in your life, how do you react?

Is it possible to make a decision when you are caught between yesterday’s sorrow and tomorrow’s triumph?″Do you abandon God, or do you remain close to him?″ 5 This group of ladies teaches us how to stay close to Jesus, even in the midst of severe circumstances.

Come into the Light

  1. It should come as no surprise that the same group of ladies were among the first to arrive at the tomb on Easter morning (see Luke 24:1–10).
  2. 6 ″Why seek ye the living among the dead?″ the angel exclaimed to them as he delivered the glad news.
  3. ″He is not here, but has risen; recall what he said to you when he was still in Galilee,″ Jesus says in Luke 24:5–6.
  4. Upon returning, the ladies ″remembered his words,″ and ″told all these things unto the eleven, and to the rest of the people,″ according to Luke 24:8–9.
  5. When it comes to seeing the risen Savior, the Apostle John tells us that Mary Magdalene was the first person to do so (see John 20:11–17).
  6. This is arguably even the more amazing when we consider that Luke stated that Mary had already been afflicted by ″seven demons″ earlier in her life (Luke 8:2).

The fact that Mary moved from a very difficult situation to becoming the first human witness to Christ’s Resurrection may help us understand how she transformed her life.This says that when we have a connection with Jesus Christ, He may assist us in transitioning from the dark to the light.Whatever difficulties we have faced in the past, we may find joy in the present by turning to Christ.

Jesus’ followers, such as Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and the other women who followed him from Galilee, serve as compelling examples of disciples who contribute to God’s kingdom development.They teach us to be present with people who are suffering, to be courageous, and to be steadfast in our faith—even in the midst of difficult circumstances.These ladies, who are witnesses to the risen Christ, tell us that it is only through Him that we may be delivered from the darkness and brought into light.Women who followed Jesus Christ were described as follows by Latter-day Saint Lu Dalton in 1893: ″First to meet man tenderly at his birth, Last to abandon him when he dies; First to make sunlight around his hearth; and, lastly, Last to lose heart and give up.″ 7 She was the last to see her crucified Lord, the first to see him when he rose from the dead, the first to declare him to life restored, and the first to burst forth from death’s dreary prison.

The Women Who Followed Jesus

  • Among those mentioned are Mary Magdalene, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Martha and Mary of Bethany, Ruth, the sister of Jesus, and Rebecca, the daughter of Ezra.
  • Jesus and the Two Courtesans
  • Jesus and the Two Courtesans
  • Female Sycarite, Female at Simon the Pharisee’s, Female Evangelistic Corps, Female Who Touched His Garment, Female from Syria, Female taken in Adultery, Female with the Spirit of Infirmity
  • Female from Sycarite
  • The Service-Learning Lesson
  • The Banquet of the Sabbath
  • As witnesses to the Crucifixion
  • as heralds of the Resurrection
  • The Appearance of Jesus to Women
  • The Appearance of Jesus at Sychar
  • The Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth
  • During the course of one generation, Jesus freed women from the oppressive obscurity and slave labor of previous generations. In fact, it is one of the most terrible aspects of the religion that claimed to be in the name of Jesus that it did not have the moral fortitude to emulate this great example in its future approach toward women. (149:2.9) There is little little recorded in the New Testament regarding the ladies who accompanied Jesus on his journey. Despite this, we know from Luke 8:1-3 that women did follow him, accompanying him as he traveled across the countryside and into the towns and villages of Galilee and Samaria with their children. The commissioning of the Woman’s Evangelistic Corps to traverse the world as traveling instructors and preachers by Jesus ″Even the twelve apostles were taken aback by this revelation.. It took everyone by surprise when he proposed officially commissioning these ten women as religious instructors and even allowing them to accompany the men on their travels across the country. Although the entire country was enraged by this development, with the enemies of Jesus making significant political capital out of it, the women who believed in the good news across the country stood firm in support of their chosen sisters and expressed unequivocal approval of this long-overdue recognition of women’s place in religious life and leadership.″ (150:1.2) Consider the realities of women’s existence in first-century Palestine in order to properly comprehend the scandalous nature of such an undertaking: When it came to women, it was thought that it was ″better to burn the words of the law (the Torah) than to be given to women.″ Judaic women got no formal schooling and were married as soon as they became pregnant, which was generally when they were 12 or 13 years old. During one week of the month (during her menstrual cycle), she was considered unclean, and whatever she came into contact with during that time, including food and other people, was deemed tainted
  • A respectable Jewish woman was confined to her house and kept out of the public eye. She had no contact with any men other than those in her immediate family. She had no honorable status until she married and produced a male kid, at which point she gained it. In the absence of such a development, she would be without honor even within her own family.
  • Men were the only ones allowed to be involved in public affairs. a woman was prohibited from speaking to any male in public, and a man was prohibited from speaking to any woman in public, even to acknowledge his wife
  • Traveling by women, save for traditional causes like as visiting relatives and attending specific religious feasts, was regarded as abnormal conduct, sometimes with connotations of sexual immorality.
  1. Do you think it’s any surprise that stories of the women who ministered alongside Jesus were lost to history shortly after his death?
  2. We now get a peek of the ladies who dared to follow Jesus through the pages of The Urantia Book.
  3. Women were equally heroic in their courage and loyalty to the Master as Jesus was in his proclamation of equality for women, thereby providing us with an entirely new revelation of the truth of Jesus’ gospel of the kingdom, in which ″there is neither rich nor poor, free nor bound, male nor female, all are equally sons and daughters of God.″


Judith Lieu considers how rare it was for Jesus to have female disciples in the first century AD.


  1. The question of whether or whether anyone outside of the close Jesus group would have exclaimed, ″wow, there’s all these ladies who are following him,″ is a tough one to answer.
  2. When it comes to the presence of women, different Gospel writers emphasize it differently – Luke’s Gospel emphasizes it more than, example, Matthew’s Gospel.
  3. Women who follow Jesus in Luke’s Gospel are more likely to be women of independent means, women who are not constrained by traditional family connections or domestic responsibilities.
  4. Later in the tales, when the emphasis is placed on the concept of Jesus having 12 disciples, a specific group, none of the 12 are female.
  5. The stories, on the other hand – particularly those that are recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke as well as John — recall that it was women who stayed devoted to Jesus, who were there near the cross at a time when the other disciples had deserted him.
  6. Female characters are prominent in the tales of Jesus, and I believe it is critical to emphasize this fact to the reader.

There aren’t many stories that can be turned into a wonderful song and dance about.An illustration might be a tale in John’s Gospel in which the Lord Jesus encounters an unnamed Samaritan mother who asks him to heal her daughter’s wounds.And the tale does express a little bit of disquiet as well as a little bit of astonishment that this is the way things should be going in the first place.

Yet there are others – for example, there is a story of a woman who uses her expensive ointment to show her devotion to Jesus – there are differing accounts as to whether she pours the ointment over his head or over his feet – and the reaction is one of shock that such a large amount of expensive ointment should be used when it could have been given to the poor.However, this does not necessarily imply that he let a lady to do so.

Who Was Joanna, One of the Women Who Followed Jesus?

  1. Joanna is described as a woman who, by circumstance and desire, joins Jesus’ closest disciples during His final year on earth in the spectacular Gospel-based book Joanna: A Story of Love and Betrayal by Gene Everett Weatherley (2017), which is set in the New Testament.
  2. It is recorded in the Gospels that Joanna is one of the women who accompanies Jesus on his missionary journey throughout the world.
  3. The ladies in the party are in charge of the majority of the cooking and packing duties as they travel through Galilee on their way to Jerusalem.
  4. As they observe Christ cure the souls and bodies of individuals in the throngs around them, the ladies engage in conversation with Jesus and the 12 male disciples.
  5. They are astounded by Christ as they are by his miracles.
  6. In Joanna’s life, it is a busy, rich, and thrilling period, and it is a moment that transforms her spirit.

Who Was Joanna in the Bible?

  1. Known as Joanna Cuza, she was the wife of Cuza, a rich Roman officer who oversaw the administration of King Herod Antipas’ palace.
  2. Before entering Jesus’ ministry, Joanna enjoyed a rich lifestyle in a beautiful mansion in Sepphoris, a cosmopolitan city populated primarily by middle-class individuals.
  3. Because of Cuza’s dominating nature, she is shown as being dissatisfied with her husband and motherhood in the historical book Joanna.
  4. The healing of their son’s high fever by Jesus, as well as the boy’s life, compel Joanna to become a part of Jesus’ mission.
  5. When Joanna’s son is cured, Jesus talks to her and invites her to return to Copernicus, which was at the time Jesus’ home base.
  6. She believes that leaving her house and following Jesus is a means for her to express her dissatisfaction with Cuza’s unkind treatment of her.

She joins the other ladies and disciples in their labor with Jesus, with the intention of remaining for only a few weeks.In the novelized version of the narrative, Joanna expects that Cuza would immediately understand the mistake of his ways, modify his conduct, and bring her back to their house.Joanna gave up money, a comfortable lifestyle, and close family ties in order to follow Jesus.

Because Jesus and the disciples did not have regular occupations throughout their time with Jesus, Joanna, a rich and relatively independent lady, provided financial assistance for them.According to the Bible, these ladies were assisting them in order to sustain them out of their own resources (Luke 8:3).In the story, Joanna swaps in her expensive silk robes for a rough fabric robe that she wears with a belt looped around her waist.She is appalled by the shabby facilities at Copernicus, as well as the strong scent of fish in the air due to the facility’s proximity to the Sea of Galilee.

The tale depicts the significant adjustment Joanna had to make in order to live simply on the run with Jesus’ band of followers.It also depicts her yearning for the companionship of her husband and son, who were left behind in Sepphoris by their father.As she diligently followed Jesus, Joanna battled with her own personal challenges.The novel Joanna goes into great length about her internal battle.

The story may not be accurate in every area of Joanna’s life because we are given limited facts about her in Scripture, but we can imagine that she sacrificed a great deal in order to follow Jesus and that she felt it well worth the sacrifice.

What Does the Bible Say about Her?

  1. Joanna is mentioned in Luke 8:1-3 as being a member of the group of individuals who are collaborating with Jesus to share the good news.
  2. He was accompanied by the twelve, as well as by a group of ladies who had been cured of bad spirits and diseases: Mary (also known as Magdalene)…
  3. Many more are mentioned, including Joanna the wife of Cuza, the superintendent of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others.
  4. It’s possible that Joanna was one of the ladies who was healed of a disease or ″evil spirit,″ which has since been recognized as a mental disorder.
  5. It’s possible that the miracle of her healing caused her to sympathize with Jesus’ cause of spreading His word to all people everywhere.
  6. The ladies, together with the men, accompanied Jesus on his journey from town to hamlet.

They recognized him as the Christ, the prophesied Messiah, whom God had promised through the prophets.The ladies stood by and watched as he healed the sick, drove out devils, taught large groups of people, and challenged the Pharisees to a debate.Joanna, whose name literally translates as ″the Lord has shown favor,″ is also included on the list of women who went to Christ’s empty tomb three days after his crucifixion.

According to Luke 24:9-11, when they (the ladies) returned from the tomb, they revealed all of this to the eleven and to the rest of the people.This was communicated to the apostles by Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others who were there at the time.They, on the other hand, did not trust the women since their comments appeared to them to be complete gibberish.That first Easter morning, the women had heard from angels of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and it was to them that Jesus revealed His resurrection for the first time after His death.

″Once again, Joanna was there—on the scene—this time as a witness to the resurrected Savior!″ reads the article ″Why Joanna Teaches Us About the Importance of -Supporting Missionaries.″ One of the women who discovered the empty tomb, she went through a period of initial despair before bowing her head in dread at the sight of the ″two men in clothing that flashed like lightning,″ and then remembered Jesus’ statements that he would be killed but would rise again on the third day.Joanna and the other ladies were swept away by a tsunami of emotions in a matter of minutes, which included tears of sadness and trepidation; horror and anxiety; hope; and, finally, tears of pleasure that filled their hearts to overflowing…It didn’t take long for her to express her enthusiasm and surprise with the apostles.″

How Was Joanna Involved in Jesus’ Ministry?

  1. As previously stated in the introduction, Joanna was a support person for Jesus and the disciples in their mission.
  2. Finding accommodation, procuring and cooking food, resolving personality disputes, strategizing and listening to Jesus’ teachings were all things she was involved in on a day-to-day basis.
  3. As the Gospel of Jesus spread, the Roman authorities intensified their hostility to His missionary endeavors.
  4. It is important to note that the Roman leader during Jesus’ manhood was Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, who had ordered the death of all sons under the age of two in the city of Bethlehem after the news of Jesus’ birth was made widely known.
  5. Herod the Great viewed the Christ infant as a danger to Roman power and hence exiled him from Jerusalem.
  6. The announcement of the advent of a Savior to earth, which was proclaimed by John the Baptist, did not sit well with Herod Antipas, who, like his father, ordered John the Baptist’s beheading in order to silence him.

When Jesus’ cousin and herald John the Baptist was slain, Jesus’ ministry went into hiding for a while.As time went on, Roman troops were increasingly violent in their efforts to prevent Jesus’ message of redemption from spreading throughout the Roman Empire.Because of her husband’s position as Herod’s palace manager, Joanna had a strong relationship with Roman government officials, and she may have sought to sabotage Herod Antipas’ attempts to prevent Jesus’ message of redemption from reaching the people.

Joanna would have been terrified by Herod, yet she persisted in her efforts to shield Jesus from Herod’s ability to put a halt to His ministry.She overcame her dread of Herod because of her confidence in Jesus’ ministry, according to a essay about Joanna and the necessity of supporting missionaries and other humanitarian causes.

7 Important Lessons to Learn from Joanna

  1. The teaching of Jesus to serve Him guided Joanna’s life: For whomever wishes to preserve their life will lose it, but whoever wishes to lose their life in my name and for the gospel will find it (Mark 8:35).
  2. She temporarily put her family’s well-being, personal safety, and financial luxuries on hold in order to work with Jesus.
  3. We have the ability to give a portion of our lives to Christian ministry.
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  5. We may hope to develop incredible wisdom as a consequence of studying Scripture and entrusting our lives to Jesus, as Joanna did, if we follow her example.
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When we labor inside Christ’s ministry, we have the opportunity to be healed.Joanna and the other women who were part of Jesus’ circle of followers were cured physically as well as spiritually (Luke 8:1).4.

When we become a part of Christ’s mission, we run the danger of suffering both enormous loss and great success.The ladies were almost certainly overwhelmed with sadness at Christ’s crucifixion and exuberant with joy at his resurrection.5.The importance of traditional ″women’s″ job cannot be overstated.

In Galilee, Samaria, and Judea, women would not have been able to help Jesus preach his message if they hadn’t taken care of the most basic of requirements, such as providing a roof over their heads and food to feed their bodies.Women were crucial in keeping Jesus’ ministry on track.6.Women provide a different point of view to a ministry, helping to resolve disagreements and discover solutions to difficulties.

Consider the conversations that took place between the ladies and the disciples.7.When we make a decision to alter our life and follow Jesus’ invitation, we are taking a risk.It is possible that operating on faith with our entire life may provide huge rewards.Joanna was willing to take a chance.

The tale of Joanna demonstrates that Jesus recognizes and appreciates the contributions of women to the Christian community.He holds every individual, male or female, with the same regard.We may all contribute to God’s work in our own manner.Continuation of Reading* Joanna: A Story of Love and Betrayal is a novel written by Gene Everett Weatherly.Paperback.It was published on October 2, 2017 by Elk Lake Publishing in Vermont.

Available for purchase on courtesy of Getty Images/MangoStarStudio As the author of the self-published memoir Medusa, Betty Dunn believes that her essays on will encourage you to join hands with God.She is a former high school English teacher and editor who now works on writing projects from her home in West Michigan, where she appreciates the woods, water, dogs, and time spent with family and friends.

Check out her blog, Betty by Elizabeth Dunning, as well as her website.This post is part of our People from the Bible Series, which highlights some of the most well-known historical people and figures from the Bible.We’ve put together this collection of articles to assist you in your study of individuals whom God decided to lay before us as examples in His Word.Your faith and soul will be strengthened as a result of their lives and paths with God.

The Life and Times of Elijah from the Bible Ruth’s Life – 5 Essential Faith Lessons to Take Away Queen Esther’s Biblical Story is a must-read.King Nebuchadnezzar is regarded as the world’s greatest villain.Mary Magdalene’s Biography in the Bible

Bible Gateway passage: Luke 8 – New International Version

  1. 8 Following this, Jesus journeyed from town to town and village to village, delivering the good news of God’s kingdom to everyone who would listen.
  2. He was accompanied by the Twelve, as well as by other women who had been healed of evil spirits and ailments, including Mary (called Magdalene), from whom seven devils had been cast out; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’sD)″>(D) household; Susanna; and many more.
  3. These ladies were contributing to their financial well-being by using their own resources.
  4. 4 While a great crowd was forming and people were arriving from town after town to hear Jesus speak, he delivered the following parable: 5 ″A farmer went out to sow his seed in the field.
  5. ″ While he was dispersing the seed, some of it dropped down the walkway, where it was trodden upon and devoured by the birds.
  6. 6 Some of the trees landed on stony ground, and when they arose, the plants perished since there was no moisture in the soil.

7 Other seeds landed amid thorns, which grew up beside them and smothered the plants to death.8 There were a few more seeds that dropped on excellent soil.It grew up and produced a harvest that was a hundred times more than what had been sowed.″ After saying this, he yelled out, ″Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.″E)″> ″Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.″E)″> (E) 9 His disciples questioned him about the significance of this tale.

10 He said, ″The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to youF)″>(F), but to others I speak in parables so that,″’though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’G)″>(G) 11 He said, ″The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to youF)″>(F), but to others I speak in parables so that,″’though hearing, they may not understand.’ ″This is the significance of the parable: the seed represents the word of God.H)″>(H) 12 Those who are walking down the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and pulls the word out of their hearts, causing them to not believe and therefore not to be saved.13 Those who are standing on rocky ground are those who, when they hear the word, are filled with delight, but they have no root system.Initially, they believe, but when put through their paces, they abandon their faith.

The letter I)″>(I) 14 People who hear the message are represented by the seed that dropped amid the thorns, but as they proceed on their journey, they are strangled by life’s problems, wealth, and pleasures, and as a result, they do not mature.15 However, the seed planted in good soil represents individuals who have a noble and virtuous heart, who receive the word, retain it, and, by perseverance, produce a harvest.

A Lamp on a Stand

  1. 16 ″No one ever lights a lamp and then conceals it in a clay jar or places it under a bed.
  2. Instead, they place it on a stand so that anybody who enters may see the light shining through.
  3. K)″>(K) 17 For there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, and there is nothing concealed that will not be known or brought into the light.
  4. L)″>(L) 18 As a result, pay close attention to how you listen.
  5. Whomever has will be given more; whoever does not have will have everything taken away from them, including what they believe they have.
  6. ”M)″>(M)

Jesus’ Mother and BrothersN)″>(N)

  1. 19 At this point, Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were unable to approach close to him because of the large number of people.
  2. 20 He was informed, ″Your mother and brothersO)″ by someone ″The letter ″O″ is standing outside, waiting to meet you.″ ‘My mother and siblings are those who hear God’s word and put it into action,’ he responded.P) ″> The following is an example of a formalized formalized formalized (P)

Jesus Calms the StormQ)″>(Q)R)″>(R)

  1. During one of his teaching sessions, Jesus suggested to his followers, ″Let us cross the lake to the other side.″ As a result, they boarded a boat and set off.
  2. 23 He fell asleep on the boat as they were sailing.
  3. A squall swept over the lake, causing the boat to get swamped and putting them in grave danger.
  4. 24 When the disciples arrived and awakened him, they said, ″Master, MasterS)″>(S) we’re about to drown!″ He rose to his feet and rebukedT)″>(T) the wind and the roaring seas; the storm abated, and all was restored to normalcy and peace.
  5. U)″>(U) 25″>(U) 25 ″What happened to your faith?″ he inquired of his disciples.
  6. As they stared at each other in horror and surprise, they wondered, ″Who is this?″ ″He controls even the winds and the rivers, and they submit to his authority.″

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed ManV)″>(V)W)″>(W)

  1. Leaving Galilee, they sailed to the Gerasenes, a region located across the lake from the city of Jerusalem.
  2. 27 When Jesus arrived at the shore, he was greeted by a man who had been possessed by a demon from the town.
  3. This man had not dressed or resided in a home for a long period of time, preferring instead to dwell in graves.
  4. He ran to Jesus and fell at his feet, screamed at the top of his lungs, ″What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?″ he shouted out.
  5. Don’t torment me!″ I implore you, please don’t do it!
  6. Due to the fact that Jesus ordered the unclean spirit to be expelled from the man.

It had possessed him several times, and despite the fact that he was shackled hand and foot and kept under constant supervision, he had managed to break free and be driven into secluded places by the demon.30 Jesus approached him and inquired, ″What is your name?″ Because he had been possessed by a large number of demons, he answered, ″Legion.″ 31 And they pleaded with Jesus again not to send them into the Abyss, but he refused.The hillside was home to a big herd of pigs, which was being fed by Z)″>(Z).

The devils pleaded with Jesus to allow them to enter the pigs, and he agreed to grant their request.33 When the demons escaped from the man, they entered the herd of pigs, which ran down the steep slope into the lakeAA)″>(AA) and drowned as a result.34 When those caring for the pigs noticed what had happened, they fled and informed the rest of the town and countryside, 35 prompting the whole of the town and countryside to come out and witness what had happened.The disciples were terrified when they discovered the man from whom the demons had been cast out, seated at Jesus’ feet, AB)″>(AB) clothed and in his right mind; they ran

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