I greet all who view this blog in the flawless name of Jesus Christ. There are countless topics that flood the news on a daily basis that impact Christian families and the church. Hence, we should be alert, but not anxious, spiritually proactive and not reactive. I pray that this blog will inform, challenge, and encourage you not to merely go through life, but to live it and live it victoriously.
– Pastor Muhammad
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.
Within this passage we discover an unnamed woman who had been living with an infirmity for eighteen years. The scripture tells us that she was physically bent over and could not stand erect. But what is really interesting to note is how Christ perceived her. Jesus discerned that she was suffering with a “spirit of infirmity” which kept her bowed, looking down. I can only imagine the considerable impact this had to have on her self-worth, along with the value that others placed on her, as well as her overall outlook on life – for her body was bent, and her spirit was broken.
The spiritual ordeal manifested itself physically in this woman. What I love about Christ is that He saw beyond the physical and began to speak and minister to her spirit. Oft times in church, we focus on the physical appearance of a person and fail to recognize a broken spirit. Easily we assume that all’s well because there are no physical indicators that something is wrong, OR, we may witness an outward abnormality but unsuccessfully detect a spiritual ailment. We are being called to love and care enough for our brothers and sisters to see beyond what eyes can see.
There are many contributing factors that could cause a person to have a broken spirit: an abusive childhood (be it physical, verbal, and/or sexual), condescending parents, a lack of love and encouragement, just to name a few. The good news is that the remedy for a broken spirit resides in the redeeming power of Christ.
What’s sad to say is that when I read this passage of scripture, it looked a lot like the church of today. Carrying on faithfully in religious practices while not connecting spiritually with one another. Meeting the needs of the disenfranchised and the brokenhearted ought to be the primary mission of the church, but quite often we miss the mark. David said it best in Psalm 147:3 where he wrote, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”. This verse is indicative of what we should allow the Holy Spirit to do through us, to move past ourselves and minister to those that are hurting and desperate for healing.
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