Sunday, December 13, 2020

Sabbath Sanctuary: God Was In Christ: An Advent Reading Of Luke 13

Day 13 Luke Chapter 13

Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent over double, and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, ‘Woman, you are freed from your sickness.’ And He laid His hands on her; and immediately she was made erect again and began glorifying God” (vv. 10-13 NASB).

I have had my share of physical sickness and hurt in my life. When I read this verse, it fills me with such hope. I have rested on this Scripture more times than I can count. Jesus was teaching in the synagogue and in the midst of His important expressions of truth, He sees a woman who is so sick she is bent over and cannot stand upright. Christ sees us in our pain and misery. Christ in us sees others who are sick, miserable, and hurting. To preach and teach that Jesus came to deliver the bound, we must pray for their deliverance—it is part of the Good News.

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to heal the hurting. When you feel you are alone in your suffering, He sees you. Reach out to Him in faith and He will touch you. He will give you peace, strength, endurance. I have been healed and deliver from sickness. Sometimes I still experience sickness, however, I am strengthened by the Lord through the Holy Spirit to endure the struggle. Either way, I experience His divine deliverance.

Hope is a part of the promise of the coming Messiah. 
Those awaiting the Christ Child longed—hoped for 
deliverance. Have hope this Advent season that Christ 
came to deliver you and to give you hope. 


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