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Isaiah wrote of the Messiah to come, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor, He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted." The healing of our broken hearts is founded on the love and work of our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. This message follows the thread of this truth from the Old Testament prophecies into the ministry of Jesus and to our day now. We all need this level of spiritual healing, and it is one of the great purposes for which Jesus was sent.

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“To Heal the Brokenhearted”

Sermon ~ 8/22/2020 ~ Olympia & Tacoma ~ Roc Corbett

 

INTRO:  There’s a prophecy in the book of Isaiah that is being fulfilled every day.  The prophecy is about God the Father sending the one who became His Son Jesus Christ, and of the purposes for which He was sent. 

This prophecy, and the fulfilling of it, touches each one of us very personally, and opens the way for us to have a spiritual relationship with God and with Christ. 

 

Listen to the beautiful words, expressing God’s love for us…

Isaiah 61:1 Isaiah 61:1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
American King James Version×
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor, He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…”

 

UCG Bible Commentary (2003)   

Chapter 61 begins with “the song of the Lord’s anointed. God was speaking in Isaiah 60:22. And He is still speaking in the next verse, 61:1. Yet He mentions another here as God. This makes sense only when we understand that God the Father and Jesus Christ are both God.   …

 

  • I was meditating about this, and related verses, and began to understand more fully than when I was younger about how important the healing of our broken hearts is…

 

  • There’s something so very encouraging going on, and so necessary for each of us…,

and it is one of the most important and powerful gifts of God that we receive from and through the work of Jesus Christ…

 

SPS:  I’d like to share this with you today, with the hope that you will be encouraged and strengthened, and be able to be renewed with this kind of healing, because God knows we all need this blessing for which He sent His Son ~ “To Heal the Brokenhearted.” 

 

Isaiah wrote of this from a prophetic point of view.

 

            Let’s see it from the time it began to be fulfilled in a very direct manner…

Luke 4:16-21 Luke 4:16-21 [16] And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. [17] And there was delivered to him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, [18] The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, [19] To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. [20] And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. [21] And he began to say to them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
American King James Version×
“So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up.  And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read.  And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.  And when He had opened the book, 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. 

  • Let’s notice what this means before we go on…
  • Hebrews 5:4-5 Hebrews 5:4-5 [4] And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. [5] So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said to him, You are my Son, to day have I begotten you.
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        “…just as Aaron was…”  This is referencing the role/s that Jesus was anointed to fulfill, with His anointing coming from God…
  • Aaron’s anointing was described in Exodus 29, with the anointing oil being poured on his head…” 
  • Acts 10:36-38 Acts 10:36-38 [36] The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) [37] That word, I say, you know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; [38] How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
    American King James Version×
     Describes when, how and the effects of this anointing by God of Jesus Christ….

I wanted to emphasize this first, and then get to the main point for the message today.  Jesus was anointed by God in heaven, as our High Priest, to bring to us these blessings…

Back to Luke 4:18 Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
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“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,

(Let’s read on, and then I’ll come back to this point…) 

to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind,

to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach 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.” 

 

  • The healing of our broken hearts is founded on the love and work of God and Christ.

If we see this first, the door to the way forward will open more easily for the receiving of the blessing God so very much wants to give to us.So, let’s look more closely…

This phrase, “to heal the brokenhearted,” is not in the manuscripts, but is included in the KJV, NKJV, and other translations…

Jesus was reading from the book of Isaiah, where it was written… 

 

Vines ~ Definition:  Brokenhearted = “suntribo” = “to rub together,” and so “to shatter, shiver, break in pieces by crushing,” is said of the bruising of a reed, Metaphorically of the crushed condition of a “broken-hearted” person Luke 4:18 Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
American King James Version×

  • Let’s take another step toward understanding this point, and read about the “crushed reed” in 

Matthew 12:18-21 Matthew 12:18-21 [18] Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit on him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. [19] He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. [20] A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment to victory. [21] And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
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  This passage will help us to more deeply understand His approach as He deals with those He loves so very much…

This is in fulfillment of another prophecy in Isaiah 42:1-4 Isaiah 42:1-4 [1] Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. [2] He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. [3] A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth. [4] He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
American King James Version×

 

My purpose today:  To speak “heart to heart” about something that God is so graciously giving to each one of us, because He knows our hearts need this kind of healing. 

  • He knew this when He inspired Isaiah to prophecy of the Messiah’s mission…

And, it’s appropriate that we read again of why He was sent, and how He accomplished the work the Father had given Him.

Isaiah 53:1-12 Isaiah 53:1-12 [1] Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? [2] For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [3] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [4] Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. [5] But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed. [6] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. [7] He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. [8] He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. [9] And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. [10] Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. [11] He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. [12] Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he has poured out his soul to death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
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  • He knew this when He inspired the writing of the Psalms…

And here, we can transition to the effect of His healing work in our lives…

Psalms 147:1-3 Psalms 147:1-3 [1] Praise you the LORD: for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. [2] The LORD does build up Jerusalem: he gathers together the outcasts of Israel. [3] He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.
American King James Version×
  “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.  The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

 

These kind of wounds are real…just as real, and usually harder to heal from than physical wounds. 

STORY:  My knee, with a chainsaw…  If you’ve ever had an injury or a deep cut, you know how painful it is and how it hurts to be touched.

Often sorrow and loss are like deep wounds. They can be so painful that it seems nothing or no one can make the pain go away. Sometimes our heart is so broken that we can’t even express the words, and nothing seems to help.

 

 

But, God is there, and Christ as well…We can read in Scriptures God inspired about how He healed others whose hearts were broken…

 

Psalms 56:8-11 Psalms 56:8-11 [8] You tell my wanderings: put you my tears into your bottle: are they not in your book? [9] When I cry to you, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. [10] In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. [11] In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do to me.
American King James Version×

 

God was so aware of David that He even figuratively collected his tears. In the same way God is involved with us and aware of our pain, our joys, our failures, our accomplishments.

 

Another example, showing the connection and understanding that Christ has…

King David said in 

Psalms 69:9 Psalms 69:9For the zeal of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen on me.
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V. 9 “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up [This verse is prophetic of Christ, and quoted by Him in John 2:17 John 2:17And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your house has eaten me up.
American King James Version×
when He cleansed the temple], and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”

 

Psalms 69:20 Psalms 69:20Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.
American King James Version×
“Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”

 

Romans 15:3-4 Romans 15:3-4 [3] For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me. [4] For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
American King James Version×
“For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

 

How can we receive this awesome blessing?

  1. God gives us a very important way to engage in our own spiritual health…
  • How He heals the brokenhearted:

Psalms 34:18 Psalms 34:18The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.
American King James Version×
“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.”

 

  • The kind of broken heart that God can work with… a repentant heart

Psalms 51:17 Psalms 51:17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
American King James Version×
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart—these O God, You will not despise.”

 

  1. Since God sent Christ to heal the brokenhearted, we can come to Him for that blessing…

Matthew 11:28-30 Matthew 11:28-30 [28] Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
American King James Version×
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

 

Philippians 3:8-14 Philippians 3:8-14 [8] Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, [9] And be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: [10] That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death; [11] If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. [12] Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. [13] Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, [14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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One of the best passages for me, about leaving old hurts behind and pressing forward toward the goal…

 

                       

This message started with God’s love for us, and Christ’s love for us. 

We considered a bit about ourselves, and how we may receive the blessing of healing…

Now, let’s turn our thoughts to helping others…

  1. We can help others along their path toward the healing of their broken hearts…

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 [3] Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; [4] Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God.
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“the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”

Reach out to others. As God has reached out to us, so we should be instruments of God to reach out and help others who are in pain.

Ask God to use you to encourage others through their pain.

By your own pain you will be able to understand and help in a far greater way. Jesus Christ our Savior was tested in every way just as we are and understands all that you go through (Hebrews 4:15 Hebrews 4:15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
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). He reached out to us by giving His life so that we would be healed.  We can all take on the job of healing the broken hearts of those around us by emulating His life. Being a disciple of Jesus means offering encouragement, hope and love to those who are in need. 

 

Conclusion: 

Our hearts are the field in which the seed of the Kingdom is sown.  (Matthew 13:19 Matthew 13:19When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
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Our heart is the dwelling place of Christ in us.  (Ephesians 3:17 Ephesians 3:17That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
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Our heart is the where God places His Holy Spirit in us.  (2 Corinthians 1:22 2 Corinthians 1:22Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
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We are to “…let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (Colossians 3:15 Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be you thankful.
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We can have hope, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which was given to us.  (Romans 5:5 Romans 5:5And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
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How wonderful it is that God sent His Son “…to heal the brokenhearted.”  Thank you, Father, and thank you, Christ, for giving us this blessing and showing us the way to receive it, and to pass it on to others. 

Comments

  • brendawa
    Mr. Corbett, I listened to you sermon on To Heal the Brokenhearted and I can tell you that I truly believe God inspired you write that sermon because it was just what I needed to hear. I would like to thank our Father for inspiring you give this sermon. I cried through the whole thing. I was really inspired to go pray and talk to my Father and His precious Son and I feel so much better. Thank you for the great inspiration. Brenda Walker
  • Roc Corbett
    Hello Brenda, It's a blessing to know that God's word, inspired long ago, reveals to us His everlasting love. He is still healing the brokenhearted, through the loving work of His Son Jesus Christ. Through Him we can learn to believe, hope and trust. Thanks for sharing how God's words helped you, and I pray the healing will continue. Roc Corbett
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