Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Women & Jesus

My husband & I saw the Passion Recut just a few days ago. We are officially the last two evangelicals in the USA to have seen the movie. When it came out last year all of my students saw it, my ministry team, everyone I know who is a follower of Jesus and I just never went...partly because I didn't believe the hype, partly because I can't stomach too much violence, and partly because we almost never go out to the movies. Although I can't imagine how much more gory the original version is, we really did love it.

One of the things that struck me in the film was how truly powerful the women were: Mary, Jesus's mother, Mary Magdalene, Claudia (wife of Pontius Pilate), Veronica...strong, brave women facing utter brutality. The mother and son moments were among the most moving particularly because of the counterpoint of the flashbacks.

While thinking about this movie, I found a great article on line at Present Testimony Ministry that reinforced what I was thinking. Here is an excerpt from God's View of a Woman, a teaching delivered by Frank Viola at a church in Chile.

Sisters, take your high place. This is God’s view of a woman.

When Luke writes his Gospel, he talks about the twelve apostles. He often refers to them with the shorthand phrase the Twelve. These men were with the Lord for three-and-a-half years. They lived with Him. They went with Him everywhere. But Jesus had a group of women following Him in addition to the Twelve. Luke also used a shorthand phrase to refer to them. He simply calls them the Women. He uses this phrase the same way he uses the Twelve. These were the Lord’s female disciples. They were His followers, just like the Twelve. The Women followed the Lord wherever He went, and they tended to His needs. They took care of Him. And He was not ashamed.

Sisters, take your high place. This is God’s view of a woman.

But there is more. The greatest disciples of Jesus Christ were not the Twelve. They were the Women. The reason? Because they were more faithful. When Jesus Christ was taken to die, the Twelve fled. They checked out. They said, "See ya!" But the Women stayed with Him. They did not leave. They followed Him to Calvary to do what they had been doing all along—comforting Him. And they watched Him undergo a bloody, gory crucifixion. Six long hours of torture.

To watch a man die the most hideous and horrible death is something that goes against every fiber that lives inside of a woman. Yet they would not leave Him. They stayed the entire time. And He was not ashamed.

Sisters, take your high place. This is God’s view of a woman.

Can I hear an amen, somebody??

Micah Girl


Blogger spiritual ingenue said...

wow micah- i've been digesting this since you wrote it. Beautiful and so, so true. As women we have been blinded to our worth and value to the point where we stop trying to live up to who we can be. Can you imagine who we would be if we believed even a fraction?

Thank you so much for sharing this.


10:17 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Thanks, Jan!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous susiealbertmiller said...

beautiful words, may i quote you? i will certainly link to these words, but many of the women i work with do not blog and i would love for them to read your beautiful tribute/challenge...

12:53 AM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Amen! Thanks for a thought-provoking post.

10:34 AM  

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