Summary: Here’s a sermon for Easter Sunday that examines the life of one who went to the empty tomb.
Joanna Was There Easter Morning
1 Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
2But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.
3Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
4And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.
5Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee,
7saying, ’The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ "
8And they remembered His words.
9Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
10It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.
11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
12But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
This is Easter Sunday!
Today, we’re going to focus our attention on a woman.
Critics of Christianity say that it degrades women.
They say women should not be in submission to men.
In reality, Christianity does not degrade womanhood.
Yes, the Bible says women should submit to their husbands.
It says women should not be teacher over men.
Nevertheless, Christianity has the highest regard for women.
Of all the religions in the world, Christianity best treats women!
Though Jesus chose 12 men to be His disciples...
the Bible tells us there were women who traveled with Him.
These women were important to the ministry of Jesus!
It’s also clear in Scripture that when Jesus hung on the cross...
These women were there to watch and weep...
While most of the men were afraid and hiding.
It’s also clear that women...
were the first to discover the empty tomb on Easter morning.
Today is Easter and in this message...
We are going to focus on one of those women.
Her name was Joanna.
What do we know about her?
Point #1. Joanna Was Healed By Jesus.
Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, 2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities--Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.
In this passage of Scripture,
we quickly recognize the name Mary Magdalene.
We are told that Jesus cast 7 demons out of her.
The Bible also says that there were:
"certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities"
Joanna was one of these women.
It’s not clear whether Joanna was demon-possessed...
or if she had suffered from some physical illness.
The fact that she is specifically named...
with Mary Magdalene and Susanna...
indicates that she was healed of some health problem.
Another point in favor of Joanna being healed...
ss the fact that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John...
do not mention this particular journey.
Luke who was a doctor does mention it...
and he takes special care to mention these 3 women by name.
In his Gospel, Dr. Luke seems to take extra steps...
to mention the healings performed by Jesus.
We are not told exactly when Joanna came to Jesus for healing,
but she evidently had been healed before this journey.
So, Joanna came to Jesus,
and became a changed woman.
This life-changing encounter with Jesus...
set her feet on a different path.
These first 3 verses in Luke Chapter 8 are important!
They tell us that Jesus had several people traveling with Him.
There were the 12 disciples, of course,
but several women were also in His group of followers.
It was not unusual for women to give money to traveling rabbis.
However, the context here indicates that these women...
did more than just give money to Jesus.
Perhaps these women washed the garments of Jesus.
Maybe they cooked food for Him and His disciples.
They may have done some sewing or made garments for them.
Whatever needs Jesus and the disciples might have had,
these women took care of them out of their possessions.