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THE PRACTICAL SIDE OF JESUS

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Day 71

“Not long afterward Jesus began a tour of the
nearby cities and villages to announce the
Good News concerning the Kingdom of God”
Luke 8:1-2

Did you know the Creator of the Universe, our sovereign God, placed the finances for part of Jesus’ ministry in the hands of a group of women? Jesus’ ministry depended on income from others. Imagine that – God has a practical side! And He made sure that it would be remembered forever by having it recorded in the Bible.

These women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and others who formed a group who traveled with Jesus and supported the ministry team. Luke tells us they even gave out of their own income. And Joanna was the wife of Herod’s business manager, of all people! These women were among those who Jesus delivered from sin and affliction. Seven demons came out of Mary. This was the Good News concerning the Kingdom of God. The power of the Kingdom was demonstrated by the casting out of demons and the healing of diseases. These women visibly showed the glory of God to others through their deliverance and salvation.

In serving the day to day needs of Jesus’ ministry, this small band of women gave liberally. Jesus not only shows his practical side, he also clearly demonstrates that women have a ministry in the church. Every act of Jesus is to bring great glory to God and we see in these verses that glory is found in those who serve him.

“When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and
minister to Him; and there were many other women
who came up with Him to Jerusalem.”
Mark 15:2

“Among them were Mary Magdelene, from whom He had cast out seven
demons, Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager;
Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their
own resources to support Jesus and His disciples”
Luke 8:2-3