Christ straightens the crooked

One of the many Old Testament prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, or Christ, promises that "the crooked shall be made straight." Isa. 40:4. This prophecy was fulfilled in the redeeming and healing works of Christ Jesus. Religious teachings that had strayed from spiritual straightforwardness were corrected by the Scriptural revelation he taught and the divine law illustrated by his very life. He rescued those whose wandering ways departed from moral straightness. He healed those who were physically deformed, including at least one individual with a longstanding crippling disorder.

Luke tells of a woman who was so bent over that for eighteen years she had been unable to straighten up. The text says that Jesus "called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." And at once "she was made straight, and glorified God." See Luke 13:11–13.

Dummelow's Bible Commentary sums up this marvelous event as "An unasked-for cure."

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February 3, 1986

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