by Jane McWhorter
In depicting that terrible scene on Calvary, Matthew commented: “And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto Him” (Matthew 27:55).
Have you ever thought about those women who helplessly watched from afar as Christ suffered the torturous death on the cross? Two of the ones mentioned had sons the same age as our Lord. Can you imagine the mental agony of these followers and the utter frustrations of their desires to ease the suffering of the One to whom they had ministered? Have you ever wondered what these women had done for Christ during his ministry? They probably prepared meals, offered water, and provided lodging for a weary, homeless body. The Scriptures state that they had followed him from Galilee, the northern region, which was a long way from Jerusalem. The road was difficult, especially for a woman. The weather was still cold at this time of the year. Would we have been so devoted if we had lived at that time?
No longer are we given the opportunity to minister to the needs of Christ’s physical body, but an earlier passage in Matthew offers the same opportunity. Whenever we feed and clothe the needy, offer hospitality, provide companionship and help for those in trouble, we are doing it for him. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
Our Lord has no hands but our hands. There are so many around us who are in spiritual and emotional need of a Christian friend. Each day dozens of opportunities present themselves, but we are usually too busy with “things” that really aren’t important at all. If Christ were present in a physical body, I wonder how quickly we would drop all and run to him. But we can’t. The only way we can minister to him is by serving others. It matters not that the recipients seem ungrateful. We are doing it for him.
In all likelihood, there was not a woman in that little crowd who would not gladly have exchanged her life for that of her master, but none of them could. We are told how to save our spiritual lives: “… he that loses his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). We find our true lives by becoming so absorbed in living for him (and serving others) that we lose our lives to the world.
The next time there is an occasion to serve others, try to visualize what an opportunity you have. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these… ” (Matthew 25:40).
Thanks to The Voice of Truth International, Vol 44, pages 66-67.
by Jane McWhorter