Today we begin our new series entitled, ‘Jesus and Women: The Transforming Power of Redemptive Love.’ We are going to observe how Jesus encountered women. We are going to discover that Jesus never disgraced, abused, belittled, reproached, or stereotyped a woman. Just the opposite. Jesus raised women to the status God had always intended, fully equal with men. For God created both male and female in his image. While we may nod in agreement, we need to recognise that read Scripture we are invariably coloured by our own upbringing, cultural norms and stereotypes. For example, when we think of the disciples what image comes to mind? Twelve male Apostles? Yet the Scriptures show that Jesus drew both women and men to be his disciples. They became one extended holy family of sisters and brothers who followed Jesus and ministered to people. In this Jesus was very radical. He invited both women and men to share in his ministry, without shame or embarrassment.
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