Body, soul, spirit—every part of us susceptible to corruption… you cannot judge a book by its cover and you cannot always determine what causes a person to be unwell.
Not every healing work of Jesus was in response to a spiritual misalignment, but several were noteworthy for having a demonic element.
What an indictment for this poor woman—crippled by a spirit for eighteen years…
The Greek word pneuma indicates that this was a spiritual thing that was crippling her. We are not told that she had a degenerative disease in her spine or an injury. A spirit crippled her and she could not lift herself up. There are some conditions that have a spiritual connection while others are simply physical.
Nadia Bolz-Weber had this to say about the woman with the bent back.
For some reason God allows us to live in a world where alternatives to God’s voice of love exist (for instance, the serpent) and those alternatives to God’s voice of love are where shame originates and there is another term for alternatives to God’s voice and it is that which we call the demonic. Shame is demonic because shame lies about us and our value and our beauty and our worthiness to be loved…
Jesus sees her. He knows that the shame that binds her is from Satan and not from God. So Jesus again defeats the deceiver. He touches her. And the Greek word isn’t the word for Healed but more like the word for “freed’ or “released from bondage.” That shame which Satan has written inside of her –is scattered as her spine is unfurled by love.
She stands up straight, her shoulders back, her chin raised, and her eyes available to give and receive light and love and recognition. She stands among them with the full dignity afforded her by her creator.
What a beautiful day when a troubled person gets free.
Jesus is the ultimate physiotherapist. He is the intelligent restoration expert and the doctor of your spirit. He has an unparalleled bedside manner and is an encouraging co-sufferer as we see him die beside the penitent thief. From the baby’s cry to the dying man’s sigh he is there. He still makes house calls and available 24-7. Have you been to Doctor Jesus?