Thus throughout his life, and even after his death and resurrection, women remained faithful to the ministry of Jesus Christ. The ministry of Jesus was expanded and greater because of these women. He engaged them in their respective communities and life situations. He permitted their individual expressions of devotion and service, without placing culturally expected parameters on them. And after he left them, for the glory of heaven and the building of his kingdom, they carried his message, his story, to others. They lived his gospel in their lives; they took his presence with them as they walked. They did not confine him to memory or house him in four walls. There is no greater requiem for a risen and living Messiah, than the continuation of his incarnate ministry. Undoubtedly, these women, as they had when they knew him here on earth, called others to Jesus. Into the love and grace that could then and can still save the world.
Surely, as it was in the first century, so should it be in churches today.
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 Luke 8:2-3.
 Baggett, John F. Seeing Through the Eyes of Jesus: His Revolutionary View of Reality and His Transcendent Significance for Faith. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008. Page 202.
 Corley, Kathleen E. Women and the Historical Jesus: Feminist Myths of Christian Origins. Santa Rosa: Polebridge Press, 200, page 137;
and Richard Bauckham, Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Bible, (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2002); and Baggett, Seeing Through the Eyes.
 Ringe, Sharon. Westminster Bible Companion: Luke. ed. Patrick D. Miller and David L. Bartlett. Lousiville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995. Page 12.
Bauckham, Gospel Women, 293