Recently I read a story of elephants that surprised me. It seems that when elephants are young their owners would tie a strong rope to their ankle that could not be broken, no matter how they struggled for freedom, eventually the young elephant would realize it was bound and no longer resist.
The elephant resigned itself to its captivity. It was bound and that would be its life.
The thing is, the bigger the elephant grew, the rope would eventually be severed from the post it was bound to, but the elephant which had grown up with the tethered ankle would not run away when the rope was severed. The elephant was conditioned to its situation, true or imagined.
It believed it was bound still, because it had been bound for so long, it didn’t realize it was now free.
In Luke 13 we read of a woman who was stuck with an illness for eighteen years. She was bound, hunched over, unable to stand straight and look a person in the eye. Unable to do anything but look down, down at her feet, down in disgrace, down at the dirt and carry the shame of her infirmity.
Until Jesus saw her.
Scripture says, As He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit for over 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called out to her, “Woman, you are free of your disability.” Then He laid His hands on her, and instantly she was restored and began to glorify God.
When Jesus saw her she was freed. She was released from her pain, her disgrace, from the stigma of her disability. For years she had been tied to her disability, tethered to the ground, back bent, eyes lowered and now, now she was able to stand straight, to look into the eyes of her Beautiful Savior. The first face she sees after eighteen years is Jesus.
What a precious moment.
She is no longer bound, she is free. Free to live without shame, without pain, without disgrace. She will forever be the woman who was released from her bondage.
What a legacy. The woman who once was bound and now is free.
Are you free? Can you recall the moment when you were bent over and stood up straight for the first time?
Do you remember that freedom? Or are you still bound to the imaginary shame that once had you bent over?
We have been freed through the blood of Christ, the sacrifice He made for us on the Cross, we are free.
Stand up. Walk upright with Him, we are free.
Live your life in this freedom.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).