By Michael and Darlene Hartwell
June 21, 2014
Jesus stood in the synagogue and unrolled the scroll and began to read the words of the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. After he had read the scripture, Jesus told the people in the synagogue, “This passage of scripture has come true today as you heard it being read…” (Luke 4:18).
Jesus came to offer the good news to everyone. No longer will those who are poor say, “we have no hope.” Now they can put their hope in God knowing that they can trust him to love and accept them just as they are. God sent his son into the world to fulfill his promises. Jesus was sent not as a judge, but as a Savior and all who call upon his name can receive the promise of everlasting life.
The promises of God are sure. Just as his word says, “I came to heal the brokenhearted.” Jesus came to bind up the wounds of those who are hurting. When Mary came to Jesus weeping because her brother, Lazarus had died Jesus also wept. He felt her pain, her loss, he felt her broken-heartedness. He also fells your pain when you are hurting and he knows when you are broken. (Jn 11:32-44)
Jesus wants to heal you, deliver you, he desires to set you free. He does not want you to be broken and held captive by the pain you hold inside. Whatever situation you are facing, Jesus wants to set you free. He wants you to see beyond your circumstances.
Christ died for us to have a more abundant life. Sorrow shall no longer bring us low. All pain has to leave. Anything that matters, anything that hurts, Jesus says, “Bring it to me.” Let me deliver you. Let me set you free just as I did Daniel in the lions den. Just as I did Paul and Silas in the jail cell. Let me be your God so that I may walk with you through every storm and every trial. Let me set you free. Jesus says, “I am your creator and I know your name. I know how you are bruised and I want to heal your wounds. I want to take the hurt away for I am a man well acquainted with suffering and I know how you feel. You can cry out to me to be your healer. You can call me to deliver you. You can trust me not to betray you. Call on me in your time of trouble.
Jesus came to show us great mercy and to open our eyes so that we may see who he really is. Just as he showed the two blind men who asked him to “Have mercy on us and open our eyes.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight. Jesus shows compassion to all who call upon him and he wants you to call upon him. The Lord says, “Do not be afraid-I will save you. You are mine and your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through the fire you will not be burned, the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the Lord your God and you are precious to me. Let me love you. (Isa.43:1-4)
He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed. Jesus went to the cross; bruised, beaten, wounded and bleeding. Such great love was displayed on that cross. No greater love can a man have than to lay his life down for another.
Lord, I thank you for going to the cross for me.
I know that you suffered and died so that I can have the hope of eternal life.
Please have mercy on me and forgive me.
Lord I bring my problems to you.
I give you al of my troubles and all of my pain.
Help me learn to follow you.
I thank you for your love.
— Michael and Darlene Hartwell are pastors of Verdunville Church of God and members of the Logan Ministerial Association.