Restored to Life

“Jesus with Samaritan Woman” (12th Century), Jruchi Gospels. Tbilisi, Georgia (PD-Art, PD-Old, Life plus 100)

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live…’ ”(John 11: 25).

Jesus actively ministered to women. He not only healed women (Matt. 8: 14-15), He fellowshipped with them (John 12: 2-3).  And He forgave women their sins (Luke 7: 44-50).

Jesus taught women (Luke 10: 39; John 4: 6-26), upheld their rights in divorce (Matt. 5: 31-32, 19: 3-9), and ignored the laws of ritual purity to address their urgent needs (Matt. 9: 20-22).  Jesus used a Gentile mother, begging for intervention on behalf of her daughter, to illustrate faith (Matt. 15: 22-28), and a poor widow to illustrate generosity (Mark 12: 41-44).

Jesus defended the woman caught in adultery (John 8: 3-11).  Out of compassion, He raised both Jairus’ little girl (Matt. 10: 18-19, 25), and the only son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7: 11-15) from the dead.

And women ministered to Jesus (Luke 8: 1-3).  When all the Apostles but John had fled or gone into hiding, women remained faithful at the cross (Matt. 27: 55-56). While women were not considered reliable witnesses at the time, it was to women Jesus first revealed His Resurrection (Matt. 28: 1-8, Mark 16: 9-10).

Jesus still ministers to women today.  Deadened though we may feel, as a result of abuse, Jesus has the power to restore us to life.  We need only place our trust in Him.




Filed under Child Abuse, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Neglect, Physical Abuse, Prostitution, Religion, Sexual Abuse, Violence Against Women

2 responses to “Restored to Life

  1. Julene Banks

    Dear Anna,
    We truly serve an amazing God. I am in the process of closure of a legal practice that in its latter years focused on family ministry, child advocacy and elderly care mostly through pro bono work. So I’ve decided to retire and become a full time volunteer in children’s ministry and wherever the Lord leads. I was googling to find lawyers who left legal practice to follow Christ and you were one of the first sites that I found. It is amazing the similarities that I have found, except that I am not yet a writer. I am more of a talker and find it hard to capture my thoughts on paper. 🙂 Perhaps this may change as well. 🙂

    • How wonderful to hear this! I am sure you will be a blessing wherever you go. To help you in your search, you might check out the Christian Legal Society. They have a state by state directory of existing Christian legal aid programs at Even if you do not choose to join one of these programs, CLS should be able to offer advice and information. I’d be happy to add my two cents. At one point, I drafted a manual for them.

      Wishing you all God’s best (w/ this ministry and your future writing),


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