This day was like any other, I really didn’t feel like it was going to be different from the past nearly 20 decades, that does not mean I lacked faith but I somewhat thought it will happen but not today. If I did not believe I would have stopped going to worship.
I had gotten used to this handicap because I had mastered living with it. I had stopped bothering family or friends to help me, I believe I have bothered them long enough, they were beginning to reveal they are tired of me anyway, besides, they all have their own burdens to bear.
It was the holy day and I am always excited to join the assembly in worship, and to hear the law. Even though I could hardly see beyond the spot where my tiring feet thread, I knew the path because I have thread it for almost 20 decades, I know all the twists and turns…
My feet couldn’t carry me too fast, I have to take my time so I always have to set out early in order to get a good sitting location, where I can see clearly. I hate to hear the teacher’s voice without seeing his face.
As we all settled down, a different Rabbi, one whom I had never seen, came up to teach the law. There was something about the way He looked at us, something in His eyes. As He taught, something about His voice and confidence commanded every listener’s rapt attention. You could hear the sound of the soft breeze in the trees as His voiced echoed in the unusual silence.
I was so engrossed as the law came alive in my heart, wondering why He was so different from the other Rabbis. He looked straight into my eyes and declared, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.”
I cannot explain it but after nearly 20 decades of bowing over I believed him, I believed I could straighten up just because he said so.
He came to me and laid His hands on me, I raised my head, felt my bones move as I thought I heard cracks all over my back. I could stand! I rejoiced and glorified God!!!
I could see far ahead of me, I could see everyone’s face without struggling so hard any more. I could…
…Suddenly there is was an uproar, the ruler of the synagogue was very angry, he was speaking angrily to the people as if to incite them against the Rabbi. I was not supposed to get healed that day, it was sabbath!
Oh my! I thought! What is going to happen now? I know, it is clearly written that no work must be done on the sabbath… Exodus 31:15
But the Rabbi who healed me answered him;
…You playactors (hypocrites)! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or his donkey from the stall and lead it out to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?Even as He said this, all His opponents were put to shame, and all the people were rejoicing over all the glorious things that were being done by Him. Luke 13:15-17
They could have stoned him, they could have killed him… but he did not mind. His love for me made him do it, made him put his own life at risk just to save mine. Oh how he loves me!
His love for me is stronger than the law, his love for me is greater than ceremonial obligations, his love for me is larger than life.
His love for me is so strong that I could not help but love him back.
Oh how he loves me! Read my story in Luke 13:10-17
So many of you who just read my story have encountered His love too. I guess by now you all know The Man is Jesus.
Some of you have not, but just like me, you do not deserve his love, he loved you even before you knew him.
He can break any rule because of His love for those who believe in Him like I believed that day. He will do the same for you too, if you will believe. He is greater than any law!
He loves you so much that He gave His own life for your ransom. To redeem you from all the plans the enemy had for you.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMP
Will you embrace His love?
Will you love Him back?
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