A Vital Role

Some very interesting people are brought to our attention in this portion of Mark. Mark 15:40-47 speaks of them: “There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; (Who also, when He was in Galilee, followed Him, and ministered unto Him;) and many other women which came up with Him unto Jerusalem. And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling (unto him) the centurion, he asked him whether He had been any while dead. And when he knew (it) of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary (the mother) of Joses beheld where He was laid.” Not only men, but women also, were very much a part of Jesus’ followers. In the wake of Jesus’ death, many women were present. Mark gives us the names of three of these women. Joseph of Arimathaea, with permission from Pilate, provided for Jesus’ burial. At least some of the women witnessed the burial. Apparently, the men had gone their way, in sorrow and hopelessness. The women also played a key role in what came next. Those Godly women could have identified with Claire Cloninger’s hymn, “I Am a Woman.” She wrote: “I am a woman called to be a servant; bound by the grace Your love imparts. Lord, make me humble, teach me to follow; make me a woman of Your heart. I am a woman called to speak with wisdom; shining a light that will lead to You. Lord, give me courage to be Your witness; make me a woman of Your Truth. I am a woman purchased by Your mercy; bought by the love that would spare no cost. Lord, make me holy, loving You only; make me a woman of Your Cross.” Selah! Imagine what would happen, if we only had men in our churches; imagine what would have happened to the early church, if there had been no women.      Ron

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  1. Thank you for this post. I preferenced it with: “Pastor Ron’s Blog focuses on the importance of women in the body of believers. In most of the churches in which I served as pastor – the congregation was mostly made up of women and children. Most of the “workers” were women in the various ministries. In one church – the women not only served in the ministries – but labored at the physical tasks – such as splitting and piling the winter’s wood to heat the church building. I wouldn’t have had much if any ministry without the women. I praise God for the women who served so faithfully – as well as – the men.”

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