What Jesus Did! 'Praise God!' — Luke 13:10-13

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jesus taught in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. In that synagogue there was a woman that had a spirit {from the devil} inside her. This spirit had made the woman crippled for 18 years. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called to her, "Woman, your sickness has gone away from you!" Jesus put his hands on her. Then she was able to stand up straight. She praised God.
— Luke 13:10-13
Illustration of Luke 13:10-13 — "Woman, your sickness has gone away from you!"

Key Thought

We must remember that coming together to worship God also involves ministering to each other! God is praised when the touch of Jesus is felt and the brokenness of God's children is addressed with love. Worship isn't about a religious audience watching a few spiritual performers do their act, but about Jesus' Body ministering to brokenness, committing to holiness, and praising God for his grace.

Today's Prayer

Father, give me eyes to see those I need to touch and bless with your grace when I go to be with your people to worship you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus taught in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath day. In that synagogue there was a woman that had a spirit {from the devil} inside her. This spirit had made the woman crippled for 18 years. Her back was always bent; she could not stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called to her, "Woman, your sickness has gone away from you!" Jesus put his hands on her. Then she was able to stand up straight. She praised God. The synagogue leader was angry because Jesus healed on the Sabbath day. The leader said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come to be healed on one of those days. Don't come for healing on the Sabbath day." The Lord (Jesus) answered, "You people are hypocrites ! All of you untie your work animals and lead them to drink water every day—even on the Sabbath day ! This woman that I healed is our Jewish sister. But Satan (the devil) has held her for 18 years. Surely it is not wrong for her to be made free from her sickness on a Sabbath day!" When Jesus said this, all the men that were criticizing him felt ashamed of themselves. And all the people were happy for the wonderful things Jesus was doing.

Luke 13:10-17

Related Scripture Readings

Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Everything you say and everything you do should all be done for Jesus your Lord (Master). And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-17

And we have a great priest who rules the house (people) of God. We have been cleansed and made free from feelings of guilt. And our bodies have been washed with pure water. So come near to God with a sincere (true) heart, feeling sure because of our faith. We should hold strongly to the hope that we have. And we should never fail to tell people about our hope. We can trust God to do what he promised. We should think about each other and see how we can help each other to show love and do good things. We should not quit meeting together. That's what some people are doing. But we should {meet together and} encourage each other. You should do this more and more as you see the Day coming.

Hebrews 10:21-25

The believers met together in the temple yard every day. They all had the same purpose. They ate together in their homes. They were happy to share their food and ate with joyful hearts. The believers praised God, and all the people liked them. More and more people were being saved every day; the Lord was adding those people to the group {of believers}.

Acts 2:46-47

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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