Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jesus and Women

One of the reasons I love the New Testament so much is that is shows women actively participating in the gospel of Jesus Christ in important ways. It is stunning to think about the fact that Mary was the first mortal being to know that the Messiah was about to be born and Elizabeth was also among the first to know.

While traveling through Samaria, Jesus stopped at a well at noontime and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink of water. He then proceeded to tell her that He could give her the living water spoken of by Old Testament prophets such as Jeremiah (Jer. 2:13) and Isaiah (Isaiah 8:6). During this discussion Jesus proclaimed for the first time recorded in the New Testament that He is the Messiah, the great I Am of the Old Testament.

There are more examples of women being among the first, but the most significant is that Mary Magdalene is the first mortal to witness the resurrected Christ. Women aren’t just a part of the life of the Savior, they are an important part of His life. 

Isn't it great to be a woman!