By Diane Virginia
The brokenhearted soul. We all know someone who fits this description. What do we do when we encounter this individual? We remember who Jesus is… And then, we lead the person to Master the best we know how. Each of us have this calling on our lives. How do I know this? Let’s look at the calling that was on Jesus’ life and how He communicated it.
Jesus’ job description is in Isaiah 61:1-3, and repeated in Luke 4:18. He read the scroll to the synagogue leaders and then said, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” [Luke 4:21b] What He was communicating is that He not only fulfills this description, but that the hearers were responsible to do likewise. The synagogue leaders were informed; they heard His declaration. They saw Him heal the brokenhearted, preach the Good News, and deliver the demon possessed. They could not sit idly, and do nothing with who Jesus claimed to be. They had to make a choice. Would they decide to side with their Messiah and promote His agenda, or would they stop their ears and rebel against the Truth Sayer.
Sadly, most turned against Jesus, but some heard, like Nicodemus, who accepted Christ’s offer to be born again. Nicodemus was a secret follower at first, but he grew in his commitment, and boldly accompanying Joseph of Arimethea who begged Pilate for the body of the crucified Savior.
In 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, Paul writes about our calling; “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he [Father God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin that we might be made in the righteousness of God in him.” It’s not enough to just be saved.
As an ambassador of my LORD Jesus Christ, I have a choice to make. I must be willing to bind up the broken in heart, speaking life into the wounded soul, giving him or her opportunity to become whole. I can assist the wounded to become “trees of righteousness, a planting of the LORD’s splendor.” I can offer Jesus’ love so the individual can become whole within and without.
I have the power to do this because Jesus’ healing and cleansing power flows through me. I am the conduit He uses to work His miraculous and healing flow today. Today, and each new day, I make the choice to allow the LORD Jesus Christ to work His works through me. This is a gift I can give to my Savior.
Today, let’s meditate on Isaiah 61:1-3, and allow our Messiah’s words to resonate in our hearing souls, and lodge within our hearts:
“The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable day of the LORD, and the day of vengance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3