And a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, ‘Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.’ Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Good morning friends. In contrast to the woman with the issue of blood who pressed her way through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, this woman had come to terms with her affliction. She must have faced physical discomfort, limitations, social stigma, mental and emotional trauma as a result of her illness. She would have also tried all sorts of interventions in the hope that she will be back to her normal self and regain her confidence, but with each passing day those dreams just faded away.
But inspite of it all, she was still committed to her faith – Isn’t that something? Even though her mortal body was dying, her spirit was alive in worship. She had good reasons not to be at the synagogue that day, but she turned up for a word from Jesus. Her inner faith found her out; “For God is a spirit, and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth”.
Her devotion to Jehovah made a demand on heaven’s resources, the covenant had to answer, relief had to come! Her mortal body became too hot for Satan and his demons, their time was up, they had to leave. Hallelujah!
So in defence of this act of kindness on a Sabbath day, Jesus said to his accusers;
You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?
Indeed she had a right to be free, and a right to worship and glorify God for his wondrous works, even her recovery!
So dear friends stay; committed, connected, and faithful. You are next in line for a breakthrough. Amen!