Joanna by Scarlett Stough

Joanna was one of the women who helped support Jesus and The Twelve out of their own means. (Luke 8:1-3) She was the wife of Cuza who was the steward who managed Herod Antipasí household. This is the same Herod who had imprisoned and executed John the Baptist. (References: Zondervan Handbook To The Bible, copyright 1999 Pat and David Alexander; Illustrated Dictionary and Concordance of the Bible, copyright 1986 by G.G. The Jerusalem Publishing House Ltd.)

Jesus had healed Joanna of some infirmity, either a disease or evil spirits as was Mary of Magdala. Out of gratitude, she joined the company of women disciples who followed Jesus during his ministry in Galilee. She was also among those who discovered Jesusí empty tomb and heard the angels announce that Jesus had risen from the dead. She was also among those who took this message to the remaining 11 disciples. (Luke 24:10)

Joanna left the comfort and prestige of Herodís court for the inconvenience and weariness of travel. She joined those witnesses of faith who chose to endure suffering with the people of God rather than the temporary pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:25) She chose to seek spiritual riches rather than hang on to whatever material wealth and power she could have in this life.

Joanna models putting gratitude toward God at work by helping to take the good news about Jesus to others who need the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical healing that Jesus gave her.

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Incomparable Riches