JOANNA

The name Joanna has the same meaning as John, Jehovah hath shown favor.

Scripture Reading:  Luke 8:1-3, 23:55&56, 24:1-10

LUKE 8:1-3
Luk 8:1  And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
Luk 8:2  And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
Luk 8:3  And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

LUKE 23:55&56
Luk 23:55  And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
Luk 23:56  And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

LUKE 24:1-10
Luk 24:1  Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
Luk 24:2  And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
Luk 24:3  And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
Luk 24:4  And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
Luk 24:5  And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
Luk 24:6  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Luk 24:7  Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Luk 24:8  And they remembered his words,
Luk 24:9  And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.
Luk 24:10  It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

I. She was a Wealthy woman. (Luke 8:3)
Joanna had the resources to help take care of Jesus' physical needs. She was the wife of Chuza, the steward of Herod. She was a woman of very high standing. Chuza was probably the manager of all of Herod's financial dealings.

II. She was a Whole woman. (Luke 8:2&3)
Jesus had healed Joanna physically. She was a believer, so she was also healed spiritually.

III.  She was a Worshiping woman. (Luke 8:3)
Joanna used her resources to be a blessing to Jesus. The Bible says "where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 16:21, Luke 12:34) Jesus himself spoke those words. Joanna's heart was with Jesus. Her actions proved that she loved him.

IV. She was a Weeping woman.
The Bible doesn't specifically say that she was at the cross, but given her track record of following the Lord in these other passages, she probably was there although not named. Many Bible scholars believe she was among the women at the cross. She obviously loved Jesus, so it is reasonable that she mourned his death.

V. She was a Witnessing woman. (Luke 8:1-2 and 24:8-10)
Joanna and the other women were with Jesus and the twelve disciples as they went about preaching. Then she was one of the women who went back to tell the eleven remaining disciples that the angel had told them Jesus was alive. She was a believer in the household of Herod, and probably spoke of Jesus. Matthew 14:1 says "At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus," Although not in scripture, it has been commonly reported that Chuza lost His position at the palace of Herod because of the bold witness of Joanna.

Joanna was believed to be among the women (v. 55) who were preparing to anoint the body of Jesus.
Along with other women she accompanied Jesus on His last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, and was present when His body was laid in the sepulcher (Luke 23:55). She was thus among those who prepared spices and ointments, who found the grave empty, and who “told these things unto the apostles” (Lk 23:56 through 24:10). Joanna was one of the women to whom the angels said, "He is not here, but is risen!"

We learn from Joanna that we can live for the Lord Jesus no matter what our position or station in life.  We who are saved have been made spiritually whole. We should follow her example in worshiping Jesus and following Him. We should use our resources for Him. We should trust him to make us bold in our witness as Joanna must have been. May we be as consecrated to the cause of Christ as was sister Joanna.

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