Archive for April, 2011
Posted on April 18, 2011 - by melinda
Jesus broke the cultural rules regarding women. They travelled with Him, supported Him financially, He honored their plight and elevated their status.
A woman’s testimony in Jesus’ world was not valid. Not good enough on its own. When Jesus rose from the dead an angel told a group of women at the tomb to “go and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead.” And what’s more, Jesus Himself told them to do the same (Matthew 28).
A woman? Give testimony to men and women? Jesus entrusted women with the resurrection message that no other faith can claim. He validated their voice. In this important moment of His Story, He told the world of His resurrection through a woman’s voice.
Jesus was counter to the cultural norms of the day when it came to women. An author I read this week called Him “radical” concerning women’s changing status in society at that time.
When I think about Jesus’ elevation of women, I have to ask myself if I am courageous enough in my own culture to speak His voice. My voice. And… how can I be a voice that stands up for women in those cultures that still try to disown the voice of women.