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The Best Special Reason Why Jesus Didn’t Have Women Disciples

Jesus did not have any women disciples among his twelve. This raises the question: Why did Jesus choose not to include women in his inner circle, considering the fundamental equality of men and women in the eyes of God?

Men and women exhibit differences in various aspects. Jesus’ interactions with women offer insights into why they were not included in his discipleship. A topic I delve into in this article as we celebrate International Women’s Day across the globe.

1. Why Jesus Never Had Women Disciples

The chapter on the Fall in Genesis 3 begins with a dialogue between the serpent and the woman (Eve). This dialogue gives us a glimpse into the nature of a woman leading us to answer the question.

The serpent disproved to Eve what God said of the tree in the middle of the garden, telling her she will not die if she eats it. Genesis 3:6-7 reads, “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband… .”

Eve’s perception of the fruit as desirable led her to consume it and subsequently offer it to Adam. After consuming the fruit, she had the option to either consume more or keep it a secret and continue with her day. Nevertheless, Eve decided to share the fruit with Adam. The fruit in this context can represent a distinctive experience or newly acquired knowledge and wisdom. Henceforth from this story the following supposition is made:

Women inherently seek to share positive experiences rather than contain them, a trait exemplified by Eve sharing the fruit with her husband.

Let us explore whether this supposition holds true by examining Jesus’s interactions with women.


2. Jesus and Mary

John 2:1-12 details a story about Jesus turning water into wine. Jesus attended a wedding event with his disciples and mother, Mary. At this moment Mary already knew that her son was the savior of the world capable of great things (Luke 1:32), however his greatness had not yet been revealed to anyone.

It is at this event that Mary nudges Jesus to reveal his greatness in front of all by bringing his attention to the fact that there was no more wine. Jesus gave the following response: “Dear woman, what is it that to you and to me, my time has not come”. What Jesus meant was that it was premature for him to show signs of his greatness.

Mary ignores this and tells the servants at the wedding to do whatever Jesus says, compelling Jesus to act. He ultimately turns the water into wine. This act was the first of the many signs that Jesus did while on earth. Interestingly, It was propelled by a woman’s desire to share a good experience with others. Despite that even though according to Jesus it was premature for him to do so. Therefore, Mary could no longer keep to herself the knowledge of Jesus greatness. She contrived to have his greatness revealed before the appointed time.

3. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

John 4:1-26 details a dialogue that occurred between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. Jesus was traversing to Galilee from Judea and had to go through Samaria. Geographically, Samaria was centrally located between these two Jewish regions – Judea in the south and Galilee in the north. When he arrives in a Samarian town called Sychar a woman comes to draw water at the well and Jesus begins conversing with her.

In the interaction, Jesus prophesies to the woman, telling her about her life and finally declares to her that He is the Messiah (Christ). What follows is that she went back to town and told people about her interaction with Jesus. The people of Samaria became believers, even urging Jesus to spend two more days in Samaria.

In order rapidly preach his message in this foreign land, Jesus told the Samaritan woman that he is the Christ. She was instrumental in his message propagating in a foreign land, because she had a good experience interacting with him. She discovered that the man she was conversing with was indeed the long awaited Messiah. This newly found knowledge and experience was so profound, she ran off and shared the news with everyone in town.

4. Jesus and the Women at the Tomb

When Jesus rose from the dead he first appeared to women, when they saw him, they “were afraid yet filled with joy and went and told others that he had risen” (Matthew 28:8). For the news of his resurrection to go viral, Jesus appeared to women, who were instrumental in sharing this news.

5. Final Remarks

Jesus revealed so many truths to his disciples and in most cases, he told them not to tell anyone. The biggest revelation of them all was when he took Peter, James and John to the holy mountain where he transfigured – his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light (Matthew 17:2).

The sight was so glorious Peter even said, “it is good for us to be here” whilst James and John later requested to be at either side of Jesus glory (Mark 10:37). After this revelation Jesus strictly said to the three men, “don’t tell anyone until the son of Man had risen”. Had a woman experienced this, she may have shared the experience with other people, possibly revealing who Jesus was prematurely.

Women naturally would want to relay a good experience and information to other people. It’s no wonder social apps like Instagram and Snapchat are popular amongst women, they get to share their experiences not only with friends but with the entire world. Jesus understood this main quality in females and used it in accordance with the timing and purpose of his will. There is however a caveat, this quality when used negatively can result in habits such as gossip, slander and spreading false reports.

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