[Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. As usual, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”–Luke 4:18-21
We are going to be viewing this passage for a few weeks. There is something epic about this entire monologue – like Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, or The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln. Only this is the King of Kings revealing Himself as the fulfillment of prophesy – the healer, liberator, and Savior of mankind. Substantially more impacting.
This week I want to take a special look into verse 18 where it says, “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…”
If you have a heart, it probably has been broken. God did not design the human heart to be impenetrable. The Lord Himself feels anguish, so we too will experience anguish ourselves. (Genesis 6:6, John 11:33-36, Hebrews 5:5-8)
But our hearts aren’t built like God’s is. Our hearts are limited. We don’t feel love, anger, and pain on the same scale God does. Our hearts are much smaller. And since God built our hearts Himself, He knows how to repair them.
How comforting is it to hear from Jesus himself that He was sent to heal the brokenhearted? In the midst of our suffering, there are a few truths we should keep in mind.
God Sees Your Broken Heart
In Jeremiah 17, there is a passage that talks about the deceitfulness of the heart. In there is a line worth mentioning: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind…” (verse 10) Obviously, the context of this line has to do with God searching the heart for impurities, but the thing to note is that God can see into your heart and mind. He knows what’s in it. He knows all your anxieties, fears, and pain. He sees all the broken pieces. And more than that, unlike us, He can see how to heal our hearts. We may not be able to see what is holding us back from healing, but God does. Do you want to know where to go next? Ask for God to reveal the path of healing to you.
Jesus Sympathizes with Our Suffering
Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses…” It’s hard to imagine the Creator suffering with the same afflictions we face. But it is true that Jesus can sympathize with our pain. Jesus knows what it’s like to have your family think you’re crazy (Mark 3:21), to have the people you love betray and abandon you (Mark 14:43-52), and to have death stare you in the face. (Luke 22:41-44). Jesus is not a stranger to pain. He understands how you feel, and He longs to comfort you. If you want to see just how much Christ loves you in the midst of your suffering, just read Romans 8. Verse 26 and 34 tells us that Jesus and the Holy Spirit make intercession for us. Meditate on that wonderful truth for a few minutes.
We Always Have Hope
Our heart break may be big, but God is bigger. Though we long for the days where there will be no more suffering or heartbreak, we have to remember that God is still at work in this world. He is at work right now in your life, meticulously working on the small, shattered pieces of your soul. And in the midst of His work, He keeps us safe. Psalms 34:18-20 says, “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. Many adversities come to the one who is righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all. He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Don’t seek hope from a situation, seek hope from the Lord. He is bigger than every circumstance, every dilemma, and every heartbreak. When we are in the midst of heartbreak, our eyes need to turn God. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, but the brokenhearted must give their hearts to Him to be healed.