The Power of His Touch
Intro: Here in the book of Luke, we find a little story tucked away in between other stories. This story is nothing out of the ordinary. It is nothing fancy. In fact, it’s pretty run of the mill. But looking closely at this story, I think I found out why the Holy Spirit put it in the Scriptures. You see, the one thing that stands out about this passage is this: Jesus is doing what he does best. Touching people and changing their lives. Giving them new hope, new purpose, new look, new walk. Yes, he’s gone and done it again!!!
I. The Infirmity of the Helpless
A. Her Life was Bound
1. The Extent of her infirmity – 18 years with a spirit of infirmity
It wasn’t just a physical problem; it was a spiritual problem.
Jesus acknowledged that in verse 16:
- Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years,
Every one of us were in bondage before we got saved.
- Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
- 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
- 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
2. The Effects of her infirmity – bowed together
Picture of one that is “heavy laden”.
Bowed together meant she had:
- No Perception – she could not see where she was going
- No Perspective – all she could see was herself and her problems
B. Her Limitation was Blatant – vs. 11 and could in no wise life up herself
1. She couldn’t help it – it was an acquired problem – Romans 3:23
2. She couldn’t heal it
C. Her Location was Beneficial – vs. 10
1. She went to the right place – house of God
2. She went to the right person – Jesus
(Note: She might have known that if Jesus could just see her condition, that he would have compassion on her. She probably had heard about him….)
II. The Intervention of the Healer
A. He Saw Her
- Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
By the way – Jesus can see you from anywhere!
- John 1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
B. He Summoned Her
Jesus is in the business of calling sick folk.
- 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
- 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
- 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
C. He Straightened Her
1. He changed her appearance – noticeable change
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2. He changed her attitude – vs. 13, she glorified God
She went from staring at the ground to shouting “glory!”
Her life was changed from one of pain to one of praise.
III. The Indignation of the Hypocrites
The Bible is clear in this story: Not everyone will be excited that you got saved.
Immediately after this woman was healed, there was opposition.
The Bible pointed out this crowd with several key descriptions.
1. The ruler of the synagogue
Sometimes your greatest opposition will be from people that consider themselves religious.
They will portray themselves as Bible scholars that know God and all about how God works.
They will seek to delegitimize your salvation.
They will mock and make fun of the fact that God has reached out and touched you.
Jesus called these people what they were – hypocrites.
It’s strange that they will call you a hypocrite after God touches your life and changes you.
They didn’t help this woman.
For 18 years she was doubled over and helpless, and they didn’t care about her one bit.
Now all of a sudden they want to answer with indignation.
- Where was the indignation at her previous condition?
- Where was the indignation of your friends when you were a drunken, drug-addicted mess?
- Where was the indignation of your family when your home was in shambles?
The Bible calls these people what they ultimately were – adversaries.
They were enemies of God.
They were angry that He touched this helpless woman and changed her life.
You can expect adversaries when God touches you. Get ready for it!