IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He valued the contributions of women and elevated their status.
For instance, He initiated a deep conversation with a Samaritan (outcast) woman—who subsequently evangelized her whole town (John 4). He protected the woman caught in adultery and challenged her to begin a new life (John 8).
He defended the mothers who brought their children to Him (Mark 10). During His last moments on the cross, He made arrangements for His own mother’s care (John 19).
When a sinful woman poured expensive perfume on His feet, He stopped the onlookers’ criticism and declared: “Wherever this Good News is preached in all the world, this woman will be remembered for what she has done” (Matthew 26:13, NLV). Indeed, He was correct.