I have an amazing wife and four beautiful daughters (one being a daughter-in-law.) I can honestly say that I would never subscribe to any worldview that thought of them as chattel, demeaned them, or otherwise asked me to treat them as anything less than my equal in God’s eyes. I believe that the exalted call of wife and mother honors women. Certainly my wife is specially gifted physically, emotionally, and psychologically for the stewardship over herself, children, and husband. I am so thankful that my God has not only blessed me with a wonderful wife, but He has also given her, my daughters, and all women a special place in His kingdom.
All throughout the New Testament, we can see that God affirms women. In Luke, Mary is elevated, “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28) In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus highlights the special sacrifice that Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (John 12:1-3), makes for him: “While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 16:6-13)
Elsewhere, the New Testament mentions the involvement of several women in important ministries. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna supported and traveled with Jesus and His disciples (Luke 8:1-3). While most of the male disciples were in hiding after Jesus’ arrest, women witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and prepared His body for burial (Matthew 27:55.) The church at Jerusalem met at the home of Mary, mother of John, also called Mark (Acts 12:12.) Paul commends Phoebe, Priscilla, Junia, and many other female co-workers (Romans 16.) Time and time again, women are mentioned as prominent members of the fledgling Christian church (Acts 18:26, 1 Timothy 5:3-10, 1 Timothy 3:11, Titus 2:3-5.)
Finally, as Ravi Zacharias states, “It is fascinating that the greatest historical event the world has ever known (the resurrection of Jesus Christ) was first revealed to the women.”