A trendy discussion, and belief, for some people is that Jesus loved and married Mary Magdalene. This has been unfortunate for two reasons.
First, there is no historical evidence for such a marriage. None! Zero! A recent, “spectacular manuscript find” that talked about Jesus’ wife and that received much press turned out to be a modern hoax.
But second, something much more serious is at stake – the revolutionary attitude and actions of Jesus toward women has been obscured. In a world filled with men who have treated and continue to treat women as second-class citizens at best and as objects of pleasure or property at worst, Jesus stands apart. Jesus loved women with the liberating love of God.
This month we are releasing our latest book – The Women Jesus Loved – an imaginative and biblically-based exploration of familiar stories in the New Testament where Jesus interacted with women. The fact that he interacted with them at all was astonishing in his time, but the way in which he spoke with them, the mercy he gave, and the importance he bestowed upon them revealed a message the world needed to hear and still needs to hear – God loves women as much as he loves men, and women are equally valuable in his eyes and must be treated with equal respect and honor.
For those familiar with the stories of Jesus, this will not come as a surprise and hardly seem revolutionary. But if we could time-travel back to the ancient world or even transport ourselves to some parts of our world, we would find Jesus’ attitude toward women a bold departure from many cultural and religious norms.
This is what the world needs to hear because the way the world treats women and little girls is shocking, depressing, and alarming. Here is just one fact: 50,000 little girls are domestic servants in Morocco and some of them are made to work 16 hours a day, sleep on the floor, and eat only scraps. Why does the world treat women and little girls this way?
Many things can and must be done about this and the multitude of other evils that are inflicted upon women and little girls. The most important is that the world must take a fresh look at Jesus. The Women Jesus Loved is one such look. The stories in this book are taken from my larger list of stories that I call Stories of the Master, my retelling of the story of Jesus and the stories he told using historical and cultural details that we modern people often miss, but details which make the stories come alive.
My prayer for all who read is that they would see Jesus with fresh eyes and come to experience his saving love just as the women in these stories did.
My prayer also is that God would use this book to liberate women – and men – from the suffering and slaveries that still exist in the world today.
The book will be released mid February. You can pre-order your copy today.