In Luke 4:18, Jesus Christ speaks these words: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath 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.
This is the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and arguably some of the most important language ever spoken. These words have significant meaning to me personally and to all of us here at the Lighthouse because we believe that this is why we exist as a church; to fulfill this calling and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
First, let's look at His words as a whole. Jesus tells us that He is anointed by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel (good news) to the poor, broken hearted, captive, bruised and blind. In short, to give health, healing and hope to those who have none. There is a wealth of things here for us to grab hold of, but, right now, I want to focus on just these few words:
"He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted" Let me first tell you that this passage was originally written in Greek and translated to English. This is significant because the broken here is not meant to be understood as figurative. The word literally means shattered. I was recently speaking with my daughter and we discussed an article she had read while serving as an intern at the Library of Congress. It stated that studies have shown that emotional hurts can generate as much physical pain (sometimes more) than actual injuries. That is important because it tells us we can truly have a broken heart. The good news is that Jesus can heal that pain! It does not matter whether it is the pain of the loss of a loved one, the pain of a failed marriage, or even the pain of abuse. Jesus can heal ALL that pain. So often, we try to deal with the pain ourselves and suck it up and move on. We end up masking our pain with drugs or alcohol or some destructive behavior, which, in the end, only creates more pain to have to cope with, sending us into a vicious cycle. This pain can define who we are and make us into someone we really do not want to be. Jesus came not only to heal your brokenness, but also to give you a completely new heart - a heart without the pain and scars of the hurts of the past.
If you are a brokenhearted, hurting person today, then I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to come to one of our services at the Lighthouse. Here, you will find everything you need to help ease all that pain and receive a brand new heart and a brand new start. Come join us and find out for yourself.