In the midst of all the many, many incredible things about Jesus, I feel like I often forgot how amazing his interactions with women were (and are). There are so many biblical examples of Jesus reaching out to those the world has deemed unworthy. In a culture when 50% of the population fell under such a category, Jesus reached out to them in a personal, individual way that met them where they were. In John 8 when a woman is dragged naked through the streets, having been caught in the physical act of adultery, Jesus doesn't react with revulsion and condescension. Instead he said, "let those who are blameless cast the first stone."
I doubt the irony of this statement is not lost on you - Jesus is the only one among them who was blameless. He would be the only blameless one among any crowd. And when it only Jesus and the woman were left, I imagine her facedown in the dirt, wallowing in her shame, and sweet, sweet Jesus kneels beside her to say, "Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?" Her shaking, tentative response is simply, "No, Lord." At this, from gods humans have created from nothing, you might expect a response similar to a booming, "well I do! Die, mere mortal." But this is not the True God's response. Jesus simply says, "Neither do I. Go and sin no more."
How amazing is it that our God is one who advocates for equality, forgiveness, love, joy, and peace? The gods we give ourselves, the gods we believe we are worthy for, are nothing more than glorified versions of our broken selves. How blessed are we that our God is pure and blameless as a sheep, yet powerful as a lion? Truly, it is almost too much to comprehend.
One thing underrated about the Bible is that, within it, Jesus treats women the same as men. That was extraordinarily unusual in that time - even revolutionary! Jesus is not a God who maintains differences in his people. It is true that he has given different aspects of his character as gifts to his creation, but that differs from person to person as greatly as it does man to woman (which is, on its own, incredible). I am forever thankful that Jesus sees me for what I am - human.
Have a beautiful day, lovely people of God!