Summary: Jesus performs a beautiful miracle at church one day. We see it from the persepective of the Crippled woman, Christ, Critics, and the crowd.

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A while back, a friend e-mailed me a story about a seven-year-old boy whose mother asked him what he learned in Sunday school. He said, “Well, Mom, today we learned about the time when Moses was leading the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and across the Red Sea. They got there at the Red Sea,” he says, “and Moses realized the Israelites couldn’t make their way over. So he asked the Israeli Marine Corp if they would erect a pontoon bridge over the Red Sea, and all the people of Israel walked over that pontoon bridge. But when the Egyptians got there, they had their tanks and their guns and all their heavy artillery, and they got stuck in the mud. So Moses radioed the Israeli Air Force to come over, and they bombed them and wiped out all the Egyptians.”

Well, the mother was shocked. She said, “Is that really what they taught you in Sunday school this morning?”

The boy said, “Well, not exactly. But if I told you what our teacher told us, you’d never believe it.”

Philosophers, historians and theologians have long debated the possibility and probability of miracles—like the parting of the Red Sea. But according to a study conducted by the University of Princeton, 82% of Americans still believe that miracles are performed by the power of God, even today.#

Despite the doubts of skeptics, Jesus actually performed countless miracles during his lifetime. The actual number of miracles he performed is innumerable because the Bible often speaks in general terms. For example, the Bible says, “Jesus performed many other miracles that his disciples saw. Those miracles are not written in this book” (John 20:30 GWT). There are, in fact, only about thirty-five specific miracles of Jesus described in the Bible. Of those thirty-five, most were miracles of healing.

In Luke 13, we read about one of the most beautiful miracles that Jesus ever performed. It happened on a Sabbath day (Saturday) when Jesus was teaching in a local synagogue. Here’s the what the Bible says:

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day.

A woman was there who, for eighteen years, had an evil spirit in her that made her crippled. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are free from your sickness.” Jesus put his hands on her, and immediately she was able to stand up straight and began praising God.

The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. He said to the people, “There are six days when one has to work. So come to be healed on one of those days, and not on the Sabbath day.”

The Lord answered, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day? This woman that I healed, a daughter of Abraham, has been held by Satan for eighteen years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be freed from her sickness on a Sabbath day!” When Jesus said this, all of those who were criticizing him were ashamed, but the entire crowd rejoiced at all the wonderful things Jesus was doing. (Luke 13:10-17)

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