On a Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Luke 13:10-13
We do not know what is wrong with this woman that makes her so crippled that her body is bent over double. Most likely, she has either scoliosis or osteoporosis. She probably has osteoporosis, a degenerative bone disease that afflicts women in particular.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 80% of the 10 million people who have the disease are women and 55% of them are over 50. That is today! Imagine how this disease afflicted women 2000 years ago. The leading cause of osteoporosis is a drop in estrogen. That is not a modern day problem. That is a woman problem.
We can surmise that this bent-over woman is probably of menopausal age. Osteoporosis occurs gradually in women. During menopause, due to the drop in estrogen, the bone begins to crumble. Her vertebrae have collapsed causing her to double over. Even today, there is no cure for this disease. Prevention is the approach since deteriorated bone cannot be renewed.
Isn’t it remarkable that Jesus chose her out of a crowd, called her forward in front of a whole bunch of men and healed her of an 18-year female affliction. This is the kind of Savior we serve. He is so personal. He is so loving to women. He is not afraid of public opinion. His great love for women and the things that challenge women’s lives are apparent in his interaction with them when he walked on this earth and continues into this age as He rules in heaven.
You can find out more about how Jesus loved women by reading my book: Face-to-Face: The Women Who Met Jesus, which is available at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.