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When Jesus Saw Her
“When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Luke 13:12
Can you imagine not being able to look up or forwards? How do you think it would feel? Try bending over for just a few minutes and see how that feels.
In our scripture reading for today, there was a woman who could not straighten her body. This woman had been crippled for eighteen years.
She couldn’t see up or in front of her. This woman couldn’t see someone smiling at her and hasn’t seen the sky for over eighteen years. She could only see downwards. This was all about to change.
When Jesus saw her
On Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in the synagogue. In the middle of teaching Jesus saw this woman who couldn’t straighten her body. Jesus didn’t just see her, He noticed her. Jesus’ attention is right on this crippled woman. Isn’t that just beautiful?
Next, Jesus called the crippled woman forward. This is significant because Jesus would have been teaching in the middle of the synagogue. This woman was most likely standing on the side where most women stood at that time. Jesus was calling her to come front and center.
Come to Jesus
The crippled woman responded by coming to Jesus. This took a lot of faith to come forward especially in front of so many people. The woman had faith in Jesus and because of that received healing.
Jesus said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” And then He laid hands on her and immediately she straightened up. I love how it happened immediately. The woman’s response is just beautiful and challenging all rolled into one.
The once crippled woman was now healed. Her immediate response was praise. She was looking at the source of her healing and couldn’t help but praise Him. What’s so beautiful about this was this was the first time in 18 years she could see right in front of her. And she saw the Son of God!
This challenges me to be grateful for all the ways Jesus heals me physically and emotionally. It reminds me that every day, I have a choice to look at my healer Jesus and receive not only His healing but His strength. It also challenges me to look at what sin is crippling my life and repent of it.
Friend, you have the choice too. What is crippling you in life? What is keeping you from immediate praise? Don’t let your sin cripple you from looking up. Stare straight into the eyes of Jesus every day and let Him heal you.
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your healing power. Help me to live a life of immediate praise for all the healing You bring into my life. Please show me where sin is crippling me so I can look up and at You alone for healing. I love you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.