The Women Who Loved Jesus: from Birth to the Empty Tomb

The Women Who Loved Jesus: from Birth to the Empty Tomb

Throughout the journey of Jesus’ life on this earth, we see story after story in the Bible of His great care and love for all people.

Yet in Biblical times, it was very common, and expected, for women to be treated as “less than.” That’s one reason that the miracles of Christ healing women, spending time, reaching out, sharing truth with them is so important, even today. And why it was significant that the first people recorded as praying for and praising Him before He was born, giving financially to His ministry, lingering at the foot of the cross in His final moments, visiting the empty tomb after His death, and being the first to see Him again after the Resurrection were all women. These women followed and loved him, from birth to the cross.

Jesus showed great respect and care for women. He broke the barriers of social expectations. He tore down walls of injustice and prejudice. He came to heal, forgive, and set free. As believers, He commissions us for His service, men and women alike, to share Truth with a broken world.

Here are the women who were influential in Jesus’ life, from before his birth to after his death and resurrection.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary was chosen by God to bring His Son into the world. Even at a young age, her obedience and courage to do whatever God asked of her was amazing. The Bible says that she “found favor with God.” And though her own mind must have wrestled with many of the “hows” and “whys,” she answered His call by saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:26-38)

At the first visit of Elizabeth, she bursts into a powerful song of praise to God, which is widely known today as “The Magnificat.” (Luke 1:46-55) Scripture goes on to tell of Christ’s birth, his early days, and how Mary “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) And just as this strong, loving Mother watched her baby take his first breath, the Bible reveals that she also watched Him suffer and breathe his last. What courage and strength she had. Held by a Mighty God, she was entrusted to raise the Savior of the world.

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