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 has 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 KJV] 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 listened to the testimonies of those set free. They watched, as the deaf heard, the dumb spoke, and the lame leaped for joy with a boisterous praise emanating from their lips. Therefore, the synagogue leaders could not sit idly, and do nothing with who Jesus claimed to be. They had to make a choice. Would they 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 [see John 3:16]. Nicodemus was a secret follower at first, but he grew in his commitment to the point that he boldly accompanied Joseph of Arimethea who begged Pilate for the body of their crucified Savior.
In 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 KJV, 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 the righteousness of God in him.” Father God gave us a costly gift–that of His Son. Glory!
If I’m grateful for this gift, it’s not enough for me 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. This can be physical healing, but the soul of an individual needs as much healing as the physical body, if not more. 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 willing 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 KJV
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About the Author
Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Intimate Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Bride of Song of Solomon (both awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His bride, as allegorically portrayed in the vignette, Song of Solomon.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer-stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places you as Beloved’s bride travel to in Song of Solomon.
Diane is a regular contributor for Christian Broadcasting Network. She has written for Faith Beyond Fear, Pentecostal Publishing House, The Secret Place, and other ministries.