Luke 8:1-3 – 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.
One of the blessings I have received over the years is being honored by ministering in many locations in the world. I have done meetings in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Central America, and Australia and all are beautiful and extremely diverse. There is one common denominator in all of the locations, there is always a much larger number of women in the services than me. I have thought a lot about it and concluded that women are naturally receivers and men are doers, most women recognize their need for the Lord much sooner than men. Reading between the lines it seems that was true in the ministry of Jesus as well, He was followed and supported by large numbers of women. In today’s verse Luke points out that women played a large role in the support of Jesus ministry. They used their substance, their finances and resources, for the work of the ministry. Here are some thoughts from the
UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE COMMENTARY about the role of women in the ministry of Jesus.
“Luke probably had three reasons for mentioning these women: (1) to show that the women who witnessed the crucifixion (Luke 23:49) and the empty tomb (24:10, 22, 24) had been with Jesus from the time of his Galilean ministry (which in effect meets the qualifications for apostleship in Acts 1:21-22); (2) to show that women may (and [Luke, p. 123] will) have influential roles in the church (see Acts 1:14; 8:12; 16:13-15; 17:4, 12; 18:24-26); and (3) to show that financial liberality is a mark of discipleship and is essential for the continuation of the ministry.”
We have seen a huge influence of ladies in our church over the years. Women have often been our largest financial supporters, cell leaders, ministers, teachers, soul winners, business and administrative leaders; actually women have lead every area of our church. Thank the Lord for the many women of God in the church. It seems that Jesus led the way in freeing women to be used for the work of the ministry.