And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. Luke 13:12
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36
But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites!” Luke 13:15
Who did Jesus rebuke? Jesus often rebuked unclean spirits when He rescued people. Recall the woman in the synagogue who had a sickness caused by a spirit (Luke 13). When Jesus saw her, He called her over. He laid His hands upon her, touching her, and immediately she was able to stand up again. She began glorifying God! She was set free! Released! Jesus healed her! He freed her! She could stand upright! She could walk freely! She could see clearly! She rejoiced! The woman had been bound by a religious spirit that kept her down, oppressed and in bondage. This spirit had hurt her greatly. But it was not in her, it was in those who were controlling the Religious System. It was inside those who bound the people with shame, guilt, condemnation, religious obligation, fear, lies, performance-acceptance, living by the letter of the Law, and the teaching of submission to The System. Look what Jesus did! Jesus did not rebuke a spirit in her, but He turned and directed His rebuke to the religious spirit in the person who had shamed her and held her in bondage and fear so many years. When Jesus saw the Woman, He called her to Himself and He released her from her infirmity. Then He rebuked the spirit that kept her in bondage. Jesus wills that she is free. And He frees her! Let us rejoice over all the glorious things that Jesus does!