“I am anointed to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, to give sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are bruised,” Jesus said in the most magnificent Mission Statement ever conceived. And He fulfilled it perfectly, exquisitely, completely. Jon Coursen
Whenever I meet a woman with broken places in her heart and being. I almost immediately begin to wonder what she will look like in the hands of our Savior. What will He do in those broken places? In what ways will His touch change the direction of her life? Who is she destined to be with a heart made whole? Considering the possibilities excites me. For Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted! In fact, our healing was part of His self-proclaimed mission statement (see Luke 4:18). He stood in Nazareth – His boyhood hometown – as He proclaimed those words. The crowd looked at Him and saw a carpenter’s son. Some questioned. Others walked away. Yet those who dared to believe discovered that knowing Jesus transformed their lives.
Those who accepted Jesus’ proclamation as truth put their feet on a new path. Even though Jesus’ mission statement was a fulfillment of the teachings they had studied all their lives, it challenged everything they had ever been told. This proclamation was hard to grasp, because it led them away from a tradition-based religion to the premise of an intimate relationship. It challenged the idea that they had to earn or work their way into faith. Instead, they were asked to accept that they were on God’s mind to such a degree that compassion came in the form of a Savior who was willing to shoulder a burden they – and we – weren’t equipped to carry.
Jesus stood in front of the crowd that day prepared to embrace a cross that would remove our sorrow and replace it with peace. This obedient sacrifice placed Jesus’ feet on a road that led to suffering for Him – but had a destination of healing, restoration and redemption for each of us.
Jesus’ message needed to be spoken then, and it’s just as powerful today. It’s a message that, if you embrace it, will challenge you to seek beyond what you see and feel, to find the Luke 4:18 thread running through you faith and inside you.
By Suzanne Eller author of The Mended Heart
I hoped you all liked this start of the Mended Heart introduction, I know I did. Next week hopefully I will be able to finish the introduction up and move on to the first chapter. I will have to see how to break it down to fit the post and not drag on for a long time. LOL.