Yay, I have a bit of time to write again! Also, I’ve decided to begin studying my way through Isaiah. My habit in reading tends to be something old, something new, then something old again, and of course after reading a couple of (or even just one) gospels, Isaiah pops up so very often it seems to make sense to read that next. But I wanted to blather on about Mark just a bit more.
Open Followers, Hidden Followers
In Mark 15:40-41, we learn that though the disciples had fled—out of fear, anger, frustration, disappointment, or all of the above—the women remained with Jesus, through all of His horrific sufferings.
There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
Of course, these ladies were hardly “hidden” followers, but then again, considering the status of women in the culture at the time, they sort of were (making their discovery of Jesus’ resurrection all the more incredible; therefore, the Bible’s citing of that fact making it more reliable). Yet while the men had fled, the women remained, even if at a distance. Quite a few people like to rip on the Bible for being anti-woman, yet here they are looking much more faithful than the men (not that you ladies should get on your high horse—not at all!). It’s just interesting.
However, we do have two men who, having hidden their belief in Christ, finally stepped into the light after His death, at what appeared to be His lowest hour.