“…and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities – Mary, called Magdalene, out of who had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chula, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.” -Luke 8:2-3
Reading about the women who followed Jesus always fills me with amazement! Women in biblical times were completely dependent on the men in their lives. They grew up only to have their fathers decide which man’s family would be the most advantageous to unite with. But in these verses, we see how something so small as following Jesus turned out to be so counter-cultural in their time and they did it because of their love for Him.
Mary Magdalene was a faithful follower of Jesus. The Bible is silent as to how Mary became possessed by those demons but it makes it clear that she became a devoted follower even witnessing Jesus being hung on the Cross and the first one to see Him after His resurrection.
Joanna was the wife of Herod’s household manager Chuza, which was an honored position. Yet prestige could not cure her of whatever illness she had until she met Jesus. She is listed as one of the women to report that Jesus was not in His tomb after bringing spices and finding the stone had been rolled away (Luke 24:10).
How Jesus healed Susanna is not mentioned as well but her name being mentioned in Luke lets us know that those reading about her may have been familiar with her.
Whatever the differing circumstances or backgrounds, there is one thing that remains the same: their lives were forever changed by an encounter with the Messiah. So many people identify themselves by their gender, nationality, professions, or marital status. As daughters of God, we are citizens of Heaven, adopted into a royal lineage, and humble servants with thankful hearts.