The stories of the widow of Nain and Mary Magdalene were discussed the past two Sundays. There was another woman that Jesus reached out to and on the Sabbath no less.
There Was a Woman
This was the last time we ever hear of Jesus going into a synagogue. Only Luke records this miracle of healing (Luke 13:10-17). This lady was crooked, could not stand straight, for 18 years. For many their infinities are the result of wayward living. This text in Luke reveals a woman that was suffering not from immortality or choices of her own but because of Satan’s bondage. The Bible tells stories of strong women of faith: Sarah, Esther, Deborah, Mary, Dorcas, Phoebe, and the list goes on. These women were women of strength in God. They sought and depended on God for their strength.
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall recluse in time to come.
Jesus Saw Her
Here is a woman with a physical infirmity. This woman could not look heavenward and behold the beauty of creation. Her gaze was fixed downward. She breathed air that was tainted with dust from other people’s feet. Maybe unnoticed by others and with many reasons to not go to church, She was in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Not only did Jesus see this woman, He knew she was going to be there before she got there.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Jesus Called Unto Her
I see her trying to see Him. She now tries to look upward to find Jesus. He’s calling you today. Come. Not to a preacher, not an evangelist, not to a person of great wealth or education. Come to Jesus.
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.