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Mark 15:41

ESV When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
NIV In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.
NASB When He was in Galilee, they used to follow Him and serve Him; and there were many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.
CSB In Galilee these women followed him and took care of him. Many other women had come up with him to Jerusalem.
NLT They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there.
KJV (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

What does Mark 15:41 mean?

"Minister" is from the Greek root word diakoneo. It means to serve another, to provide food and other necessities. Jesus' ministry is unusual for the time in that He welcomes women. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Susanna are among the many who travel with Him and support Him financially (Luke 8:1–3). When in Bethany, Jesus often spends time with Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–16, 28–44; 12:1–8).

John is the only male disciple who witnesses the crucifixion, but many of the women stay. Jesus' mother, her sister, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the wife of Clopas stood near Jesus earlier (John 19:25). Mary Magdalene, John's mother Salome, and Mary the wife of Clopas are among the several who watch Him die (Mark 15:40). Mary Magdalene and Mary the wife of Clopas will follow to see where Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus bury Jesus (Mark 15:47; John 19:39). Mary Magdalene, Mary the wife of Clopas, Salome (Mark 16:1), and Joanna (Luke 24:10) will go to the tomb to prepare Jesus' body more thoroughly than Joseph and Nicodemus had time to. And Mary Magdalene will be the first to speak with the resurrected Christ (John 20:11–18).

Jesus also respects and cares for women His Jewish disciples would just as soon ignore. When a woman with an issue of blood dares to touch His robe, He not only heals her, He honors her faith and calls her "Daughter" (Mark 5:25–34). A Syrophoenician woman braves social convention and ethnic prejudice by begging Jesus' help to free her daughter from demons, and Jesus obliges (Mark 7:24–30). And a Samaritan woman, whom no respectable Jew would acknowledge, finds in Jesus a rabbi who will not only talk to her but accept her (John 4:1–45).

At least two women, Mary of Bethany (John 12:1–7) and another unnamed (Mark 14:3–9), anointed Jesus on the days the Jews anointed their Passover lambs. At this moment, the Passover lambs are being slaughtered for the meal that commemorates the Jews' escape from bondage. It is a group of women who watch God's Passover Lamb sacrifice Himself to free them from eternal slavery to sin and darkness (1 Corinthians 5:7).
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