God’s Glass Ceiling? Ruth Tucker
Perhaps it is no wonder that the women were first at the cradle and last at the cross. They had never known a man like this man—there never has been such another. A prophet and teacher who never nagged at them, never flattered them, never treated them as either The women, God help us! or The ladies, God bless them!; who rebuked without querulousness and praised without condescension; who took their questions and arguments seriously; who never mapped out their sphere for them, never urged them to be feminine or jeered at them for being female; never had an axe to grind and no uneasy male dignity to defend; who took them as he found them and was completely unselfconscious.
—Dorothy L. Sayers
Are Women Human?
One does not have to read between the lines to quickly recognize that Jesus does not condescend to women. They are all over the pages of the gospels, standing tall alongside their male counterparts, in living color. Like the figures in a colorful kids’ pop-up book, nothing will keep them down. They’re not hidden behind veils or behind closed doors. Unlike most of the women in the Hebrew Bible who are known primarily as mothers and wives and daughters, these women are prominent in their own right.
Women are disciples of Jesus—in large numbers. And they will one day inherit eternal life even as will the male disciples. “In the resurrection,” Jesus said, “they neither marry nor are given in marriage” (Matthew 22:30, NKJV).