Get Into the Word: Matthew 13:15, Isaiah 61:1-3, Luke 4:17-21
“Otherwise they might … turn, and I would heal them.”
“The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners ...”
When my son was only a few weeks old, eczema surfaced on his once smooth, soft, perfect skin. Everyone had a quick fix. We tried many products and solutions. For a short while, symptoms would appear to improve but then without fail, they’d return.
I wasn’t interested in simply symptom management so I kept asking, seeking and knocking. I found a doctor whose approach was different. He suggested the eczema was a symptom of a disturbance beneath the surface. After testing, he was able to pinpoint food sensitivities that were interfering with my son’s immune system, wreaking havoc on other systems.
It was more than a surface problem needing fixing, it was a condition needing healing. As he healed, the symptoms disappeared.
Remember last week's question, “What do we need healing for?”
Our broken hearts. Until we experience healing, fixing our symptoms will only provide temporary relief.
To understand what caused our broken hearts, we look to the Big Story of Scripture.
God was so relentless about His plan—to be at home with His children—that He made it possible no matter the cost. We see His story continue across four scenes: creation, the fall, redemption and restoration. He inspired 40 individuals over 1,500 years to write the 66 books that make up the Bible. Mind-blowing, isn’t it?
This story begins at creation when God created everything from nothing. He was at home with His beloved first children, Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Like any loving Father, God desired that they choose to love Him back so He gave them one restriction.
Planted by a seed of unbelief, Adam and Eve gave into temptation, rebelling against God and chose their own way. Their perfect home and their perfect relationship with God and each other was broken. Their hearts were separated from Love. Their attempt to fix themselves was insufficient. For a moment, it seemed the story—for God to be at home with His children—was ruined by the fall.
For the story to continue, redemption was required. Their sin had to be paid for in order to restore the relationship between man and God. God faithfully made ways for His children to be at home with Him until His redemptive plan was complete in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
The happily-ever-after hard-wired into our hearts is for heaven— the forever home with God for those who’ve placed their faith in Jesus’ death as a payment for their sin. Those who prefer to pay for their own sin and wish to live apart from God will get to do so, forever. But those who’ve chosen Jesus, get to go home. We begin experiencing restoration here and now as we allow Jesus Christ to make His home with us.
No matter what part of His story your find yourself in today, Jesus is inviting you to turn back to Him, so He can heal you.
Broken things need fixing, but broken people need healing.
Talk to God:
HE: Thank you Jesus for coming to heal my broken heart.
ME: Reveal what is broken that I cannot fix. Today, I would like you to begin healing…
What symptoms of brokenness do you see in your own life? What would it look like to seek healing instead of fixing?
This post is an excerpt from Cultivate: 40 days of Preparing Our Hearts for Him. To learn more, or to sign up, CLICK HERE.