It would almost seem “shocking” [for no good reason] to people: that Mary was named by Jesus Christ to be the 12th and lead apostle replacing Judas of the 12. What does that say about sexism, bias, prejudice, bigotry, and patriarchy in the church of Jesus Christ? And women so conditioned to be abused that they “just can’t imagine” that a woman is really the 12th disciple replacing Judas? Let’s take another look to see “why we should have known it all along”.
We see in John 2 that Jesus does His first miracle with a woman: Mary. Mary is shown to represent as an archetype all women believers in that Jesus Christ addresses Mary, His mother, as “woman”. The fact that the first miracle of Jesus was in union and concert with a woman, Mary, should have been our “first clue” of the underlying primacy of women in the ministry of Jesus Christ.
John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: 2 and both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. 3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. 4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. 6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. 7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. 8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. 9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, 10 and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. 11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Our next clue is the order in which persons are named. Jesus is named first. Then, His mother [Mary]. Mary is shown, again, to have primacy [listed first] in relation to Jesus. Again, Mary represents all women believers.
John 2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples: and they continued there not many days.
When Jesus Christ declares who His disciples are: Jesus declares all women to be His mother[s]. Jesus Christ again names the women disciples who are referred to as His mother[s] first: before the male disciples.
Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
When we see that the first miracle was done with Mary [called woman by Jesus as His mother; even as Eve was called “woman”] it’s like introducing Mary as the lead apostle of the true church from the beginning of the miracles of Jesus. Jesus declares to her that His hour is not yet come.
We are seeing, in hindsight, that Jesus announced to Mary that her primacy “was yet to come” in the company of His disciples. But, Mary was first from the beginning. Being “held in the wings” to be made the lead apostle of the disciples when His hour was come.
In other words, Jesus Christ let us all know, really, from the beginning that women were going to be the leaders of the New Covenant Church: as apostolic mothers of manchildren.