Lesser known characters :: Joanna

Joanna was the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward. She was a follower of Jesus Christ. It is said of her that she and other women like Susanna and many others, ministered unto Jesus of their substance, meaning that they supported Jesus’ ministry and his disciples by contributing their own resources (Luke 8:3). Joanna is also one of the women that went to the tomb where Jesus was laid. She and the other women (Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and some others) were told of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, by two angelic beings. These women come back and tell the other eleven disciples of Christ, the account of Jesus’ resurrection conquering death, once and for all (Luke 24:10).

What can we learn from Joanna?
Like Joanna, can we support the ministry of Jesus Christ with our own personal resources? Let us remember that all things belong to Jesus already, we are merely stewards of what has been given to us.
Also, like Joanna (and the other women), we must be sharing the resurrection of Jesus Christ with others. In other words, we must be telling others that Jesus is The Living God, who has conquered death and is alive today, as we await His return.

Luke 8:1-3 (KJV)
1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Luke 24:9-10 (KJV)
9 And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.


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