What Jesus Did! 'The Faithful Women' — Mark 15:40-41

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Some women were standing away from the cross, watching. Some of these women were Mary from the town of Magdala, Salome, and Mary the mother of James and Joses. (James was her youngest son.) These were the women that followed Jesus in Galilee and cared for him. Many other women were also there. These women had come with Jesus to Jerusalem.
— Mark 15:40-41 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:40-41 NLT — Some women were standing away from the cross, watching.

Key Thought

The people of God have been blessed and often sustained by the courageous faithfulness of godly women. While the men who were closest to Jesus betrayed, denied, and abandoned him, the women were different. They followed him as he passed through the streets going to Golgotha, were present at the Cross, met him at the empty tomb, and were present in the upper room at Pentecost. Let's never underestimate or devalue the importance of godly women. Jesus never did!

Today's Prayer

O Father, thank you for the godly women in my life that shaped my faith, taught me your truth, served those in my family, and were examples of courage and faith to me. Use me to encourage women of faith and to affirm their importance to your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 14:43-50
  • Mark 16:1-7
  • Acts 1:9-14


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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