What Jesus Did! 'Daughters of Jerusalem' — Luke 23:26-31

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The soldiers led Jesus away {to be killed}. At that same time, there was a man coming into the city from the fields. His name was Simon. Simon was from the city of Cyrene. The soldiers forced Simon to carry Jesus' cross and walk behind Jesus. Many, many people followed Jesus. Some of the women were sad and crying. They felt sorry for Jesus. But Jesus turned and said to the women, "Women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children too! The time is coming when people will say, 'Happy are the women that cannot have babies! Happy are the women that have no children to care for.' Then the people will say to the mountain, 'Fall on us!' The people will say to the hills, 'Cover us!' If people act like this now when life is good, what will happen when bad times come?"
— Luke 23:26-31 NLT
Illustration of Luke 23:26-31 NLT — "Women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me.

Key Thought

Some of the key sets of figures in Jesus' passion and resurrection are "the women." While Jesus' male disciples abandon him, "the women" are there on the way to Golgotha, at the foot of the Cross, and at the tomb on resurrection Sunday. They are also there in the days awaiting the coming of the Spirit in the early chapters of the book of Acts. "The women" are faithful examples of true followers of Jesus through his whole ordeal. They are the first to know about his resurrection. These women are the great reminder that often the most faithful and loyal of Jesus' disciples are not those who are best known to us. However, they are treasured and honored by God. All around us are heroic, faithful, and exemplary disciples who love the Lord, yet so often we focus on those who fail. Let these women be a reminder that our heritage is not just built on the faith of the well known, but also on the faith of the loyal, courageous, and less-known heroes of faith.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, the Almighty God, thank you for your women of faith who have been examples through the ages. Thank you for their courage, loyalty, and strength. Thank you for their willingness to play important roles in your story of grace and yet not have to be in the spotlight of history. Thank you, O God, for the women of faith who have played such a vital and powerful role in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 8:1-3
  • Luke 23:55-56
  • Luke 24:1-12


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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