Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 30, 2017
The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18
Have you ever had a broken heart over something for so long that you wonder if God even wants to heal you? Isaiah 61:1 foretells, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted.” What does this mean? Jesus was sent on purpose, with an intentional plan to heal your broken heart!
Luke 19:41-44 gives us a moving insight of Jesus’ reaction to those who didn’t accept His coming to bind up the brokenhearted. “As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. . . because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you’” (verses 41, 44). Scripture says that Jesus wept. Can you imagine God Almighty, the Lord of heaven and earth, the Maker of all things, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, weeping for humanity?
“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”(Psalm 34:18).
The original Greek text shows that the word “wept” is klaio, which means to “wail aloud.” This word is different than what was used to describe Jesus’ tears in John 11:35, which were silent. In contrast, klaio tears aren’t quiet. Why did Jesus wail? Because he loved the Jews, and He wanted to give them peace. He wanted to heal their hearts. But because they didn’t recognize that God had come to them, they rejected Him and couldn’t receive His blessings.
If Jesus wailed when the Jews rejected Him, can you imagine how He feels when He offers to bind up our broken hearts, but we don’t believe Him? How that must break His heart, especially considering the great sacrifice He made in dying for our sins. The Lord wants to heal your broken heart.
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things”(Romans 8:32)?
PrayerLord, please help me to cooperate with you for healing, by forgiving those I need to forgive, by accepting your forgiveness and love for me, and by believing that you want to make me whole. Amen.
ApplicationWrite a note expressing your grief to the Lord, then thank Him for healing you and binding up your wounds.
Related ReadingRevelation 21:4; John 14:27; Psalm 55:22
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