Daily Word #12: What Is A Disciple? Part 3: Not Forsaking Him
Did Jesus Disciple Women Too? Were There Women Disciples Who Followed Jesus?
As long as believers don’t forsake Christ, especially in the critical time of testing, then they are a disciple of Christ. Sometimes, they may fall into sin and at times may even deny Jesus, but what is important is they don’t just stay there. True disciples get back up, brush the dust off and start following Christ again.
At Calvary, where Jesus died, most of who remained there to the end, were women. Some may say the women may have been more courageous than the men, because according to Matthew 27:55 “many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him,” indicates that these women ministered to Jesus. Note the scripture didn't say that of the men, except for Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who later came to take Jesus’ body from the cross, risking their own lives. Only the Apostle John and the women stayed and remained with Jesus to the very end. Also, three days later the women were again there, as the first witnesses at of the empty tomb.
When Jesus was crucified, where did all the men go? Remember, that Jesus said in Matthew 26:31; "they will strike the shepherd and the flock would scatter". Which had also been foretold by the Prophet Zechariah (Zechariah 13:7). So at the end of Jesus’ earthly life, “all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things” (Luke 23:49), but apparently, not many men were there. Maybe they fled out of disappointment that their Messiah was gone or perhaps fear, of being next to be crucified after being seen with Jesus.
It’s quite sad to see that we often forget about all the support these women gave to Jesus and His ministry while He was on earth.
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