“Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 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. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” Luke 13:10-13 NKJV
It’s another weekend.
I was feeling burdened today until I read the scripture verses above.
Jesus was teaching and noticed a woman who had been burdened by an infirmity/sickness for 18years. The illness had strained her body to the point that she was bent over by it, unable to help/support herself or raise herself up. Jesus called her over and laid his hands over her, healing and removing the burden once and for all. The Bible says that the woman stood straight after that and gave glory to God.
‘Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.’ Isaiah 53:4-5
By his death on the cross, Jesus Christ bore all our burdens and nailed them on the cross. The blessings and absolute freedom we have gained by His grace are ours because of His sacrifice. If we can receive His salvation by faith, we can also drop our burdens, sicknesses, and problems at his feet by faith. So, I did.
Something else caught my attention in Luke 13, It still happens today.
‘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.”‘ Luke 13:14
They should have been rejoicing at what the Lord had done; instead, the synagogue ruler insisted that healing was to be done when the necessary conditions were met. I wasn’t surprised, heck I do it too. We think that all righteous conditions should be met before God does His work in our lives. Things must be done at the right time, in the right place, and by the right person.
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? 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?” ‘Luke 13:15-16
Allow me to paraphrase verse 16. “Healing and the burden-bearer is here. Why do we need to wait for another time, a better place, or another person to heal her?” God doesn’t need any other requirements except that you accept that He is God and believe that He is able.
“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
That’s all. What are you waiting for?
Till next time, be transformed!!