Healing the Brokenhearted
“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, …” [Luke 4.18]
Jesus, at the start of His public life, reads the above quote from Isaiah 61.1, in the Synagogue in Nazareth, His hometown. He had just completed His temptation in the wilderness and had not yet chosen His disciples. The congregation in His hometown of Nazareth took great offense that He had quoted from Isaiah and attributed the quote to Himself. Then His former neighbors tried to kill Him for his bold statement and assertion that Isaiah prophesied of Him. He slipped away, as the time of His death was not ripe.
We know absolutely nothing, factually, about Jesus’ life from age 12 to age 30. You may wonder what He may have known about being brokenhearted, if anything. While I might not know the details, I am certain He knew everything about being brokenhearted. How do I know that? “I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.” [Psalm 69.3] How do I know that this verse, while written by King David, refers to Jesus? See verse 9. “For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” [Psalm 69.9] His disciples quoted this verse when He cleared the temple in John 2.
More on this in Part II