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For the week of November 27, 2017 Jesus: The Great Equalizer

When we look at relationships and gender roles in the world, we notice that they are far from perfect. We’ve become accustomed to unequal relationships between men and women, but it wasn’t always that way. When God created Adam and Eve and put them in the garden of Eden, He made them in His own image, and as equals. When they ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, sin spoiled the perfect relationship they had with God and with each other; the result was man’s domination of woman.

This imbalance existed for many generations, until Jesus came to set things right and restore gender equality the way our Father originally intended. Women were seen as inferior, but God made a powerful statement about gender equality when Jesus was born of a woman considered second-class. The world into which He was born had a patriarchal view of women, so Jesus showed grace to women while modeling examples of equality for everyone. Some of the ways He did this included healing a woman who had a bleeding issue, casting out demons from a woman, and ministering to a Samaritan woman who was drawing water from a well.

Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, gender equality has been restored. There are no more walls separating men and women; neither is there male nor female in Him. We can now pursue our calling in life, regardless of gender, and remove all limitations on our relationships that the world tries to apply. God shows unmerited favor to women as well as men, and everyone has an equal chance at a relationship with Him.

Prayer:


Lord, we thank You that Your Son restored Your original plan for a relationship with mankind. Because of Him, we can now live the way You want us to! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:


  • Genesis 1:26, 27
  • Genesis 5:2
  • Genesis 3:16
  • Galatians 4:4
  • Mark 5:25-34
  • Luke 8:2
  • John 4:4-29
  • Ephesians 2:13-19
  • Galatians 3:28
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