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The Story of Junia Part 2

The Story of Junia Part 2

Rev. Crystal January 22, 2014 0 comments
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The Story of Junia Part 2
Junia looked around herself that day and saw several men. In her mind, she did not know why God had called her to plant a church. Most of the church planters in her time were men. In her culture, women were not valued as highly as men. Women did not usually own their own property, did not usually speak in public, and most women had children and husbands. Junia looked around, feeling somewhat inadequate, and then all of the sudden she felt this small ounce of faith rising up inside of her soul. “If God has called me to plant a church, I can do it!” Junia went and told the leaders in her life she wanted to plant a small house church in her home. They were excited for her. Junia started to lead a Bible Study in her home. She invited her friends, and told them about her conversion experience. 
Junia talked about how for generations her family had waited for the Messiah. She spoke about how she had heard about this man named Jesus, and she was curious. Her family did not understand why she was so fascinated with this man Jesus. They teased her, and told her she had a crush. They told her others had claimed to be the Messiah before, and said she shouldn’t waste her time with going to see him. But, Junia knew this man was different. She would go and sit on the grass and watch as he spoke to the people. She would see his disciples next to him, and she wanted to be one of them. She saw the love in his eyes. 
She was there when they crucified Jesus. She was watching, but could not stand to keep her eyes open the whole time. Tears fell down her face, and her hopes seemed to crumble when she heard him take his last breath. How could anyone do this to him? She cried, and watched as his close friends departed and were scattered. She went back to her family house, went into her room, and prayed. “God, I thought this man Jesus was the Messiah. Was I wrong? He did so many miracles, and he came in your name. I believed. But now, I do not know what to believe or do. I promised I would follow him.” Then she felt a quiet spirit within herself say “Wait. Have patience.” 
A few days passed and people were talking about how Jesus was alive. How could this be? Junia tried to see the tomb, but there were guards. She saw some of the women who were closest to Jesus come to the tomb. She saw Mary run away in fear. Junia wondered what had happened. A guard came up behind her and told her she needed to leave. Junia was a teenager when all of this happened. 
Several years later Junia was going to the Pentecost festival, when she was invited into the upper room by a friend of hers. She prayed, and waited for the promise of the Holy Spirit. Peter was speaking and preaching to the crowd. She felt honored to be in the room. She knew something was different. Soon, she began to speak with other tongues as the spirit gave utterance, and she was amazed. It felt like no other feeling. After she was filled with God’s spirit, she wanted everyone to have this experience. She started to share her experience with others. Several were filled with the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus name. 
Several years later Junia still felt this revival in her soul, and this is why she continued to be a witness and wanted to plant a church. She was a witness, a disciple, and a follower of Jesus Christ. Until her death, she kept spreading the gospel and the message of Jesus Christ. She would go from house to house and tell about Jesus…

The Bible does not go into depth or great detail about the true story of Junia. The above is a fictional account. The brief mention of Junia in Romans 16:7 is important, because Paul goes out of his way to include a female in a list of apostles. The definition of apostle may be different than our definition today, but the mention of her name among other leaders in the church tells us today she was a leader in the early church. Some do not want to say Junia was an apostle, because these people want to promote a male hierarchal view of leadership in the church. We cannot dismiss the mention of Junia in the New Testament, and we need to recognize Junia as a leader in the early church. She was a first century church planter and disciple of Jesus Christ. Paul even says Junia was in Christ before he was; which means she might have been a eye-witness to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. It is important to tell the story of Junia in our churches today. We need to highlight these women of faith. These women are among our biblical heroes.
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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