The crippled woman who was bent over for 18 years and whom Jesus healed on the Sabbath in Luke 13:10-17 is a miracle narrated only by Luke, a physician and author of the Gospel According to Luke.
There are only 7 verses about this event but it reveals so much about our Lord Jesus; especially His heart of compassion for those who are afflicted with infirmities.
10. Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
12. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”
13. And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15. The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?
16. So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
17. And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
When I read this passage of the Bible, I was reminded again of the period of time when I was bent over just like this woman. For her it was a long period - eighteen years - whereas I was only in that situation for slightly more than a month. But this gave me an idea of what she had to go through each day being bent over and not able to straighten her back.
I understand fully the embarrassment and the discomfort she went through. There was no way to stand up straight and look people in the eyes, the only view one sees was the ground and to look up, one has to turn the neck and look sideway.
I don't know about the woman in Luke 13; whether she was plagued with pain and ache. For me, moving around was painful especially around my lower spine and everywhere I went, I had to have the aid of the crutches.
What do we know about her?
We do not know her name. But Jesus called her to Him. He called her 'woman' in verse 12. Later in verse 16, He said that she was a daughter of Abraham.
Though she was bent over, she was in the synagogue on the Sabbath and when she was healed, she glorified God.
From these verses, I believe that her heart for God wasn't hindered by her affliction. Her physical body might be afflicted but her heart was right where it should be. She was one who continued to seek after God.
Jesus set her free!
There was no mention that she requested to be healed. She did not cried out, "Jesus, have mercy on me!" or "Lord, please heal my back."
Only that she was there and when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity."
What a Saviour!
Every actions was on Jesus' side. All the crippled woman did was to be at the right place at the right time. She was at the synagogue on the Sabbath. Was she there before on every other Sabbath? Somehow, I believe that she was. But that particular Sabbath was her breakthrough day. Jesus was teaching there that day.
O glorious day!
Jesus not only told her that she was loosed from her infirmity, He laid His hands on her. And the Scripture said that immediately she was made straight and glorified God.
She heard His voice and felt His touch. That was the turning point in her life.
That day, the crippled woman was set free from her bondage to the spirit of infirmity. Her crippled and crooked back was straightened and she was able to stand upright before Jesus; no long a crippled woman but a healed woman, free from her infirmity. Praise the LORD!
I am so touched by this miracle.
Whatever situation we are in, be faithful in seeking God and coming into His presence. Know that we are children of Abraham and Jesus is saying, "Ought not this woman/man, being a daughter/son of Abraham, be loosed from this bond that Satan has inflicted."
The God of the covenant is merciful and just. Jesus has made every move to free us from bondage and give us freedom to love and serve Him.
He came into the world to save us from our sin. (Matthew 1:21, Luke 19:10, 1 Timothy 1:15)
He went to the cross and took our sins upon Himself and suffered in our place.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)
Jesus had taken all initiatives to make us free. He has done it all.
All we have to do is to come to Him and receive His loving touch and be free from all bondages.
Lord Jesus, thank you for healing the crippled woman in Luke 13. Just like the crippled woman, I being a daughter/son of Abraham, ought to be free from the bond of Satan and be loosed from this (name of sickness).
Thank you, Jesus that you are still healing today.
In your name, Lord Jesus, I receive your healing touch today.
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