The Brokenhearted

Luke 4:18
“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, . . .”

IMG_1483Since man’s greatest problem is sin, man’s greatest need is for a savior. We don’t have to look too far to see that we are a fallen race. War, prejudice, and crime are all around us. Even within our own homes we have anger, lust, fear and unforgiveness. We are a people desperately in need of God. The great news of the Bible is that God came to save. The Bible speaks of the all-sufficient work of Christ upon the cross. So effective was His sacrifice, that any and all who believe on Him will be saved from the penalty of sin. That my friends is the good news of the Gospel.

But the good news does not stop there. When Jesus entered the synagogue in Nazareth, He declared to His friends, neighbor, and relative that He had come not only to save us from our sins, but also to repair the damage sin had done to us.

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, . . .”

Living in this fallen world, none of us are immune to heartbreak. We have experienced the pain of loss, departure and even abandonment. For some, the pain has been with you for years; you wake up with it. For others, it is seasonal. We function normally until something in our lives stirs up the feelings again and we are transported back in time to the moment of our pain. These times can be difficult, even crippling. Isn’t it encouraging to know that Jesus came to heal your broken heart? Sometimes, the best way to experience His comfort is to lay your burden down at His feet, and pick up His promises. We must make a conscious decision to leave the memories behind and to walk out the door with His promises.

Today, instead of focusing on the cause of your broken heart, focus upon the heart-healer, the one who can restore to you the joy of salvation.

Pastor Jim

Questions for Luke 4

  1. Where was Jesus led after He was filled with the Spirit?
  2. How many days was Jesus tempted by Satan?
  3. How did Jesus respond to the temptation of Satan?
  4. How did Jesus return to Galilee after He was tempted by Satan?
  5. What book did Jesus read from in the synagogue?
  6. In a phrase sum up the message of vs 18 and 19.
  7. How did Jesus exit the city of Nazareth after He shared in the synagogue?
  8. What was the response of the people after Jesus cast out the unclean demon?
  9. Whose mother-in-law was healed by Jesus?
  10. Who do the demons say Jesus is?

Old Testament:
Leviticus 6- Always Burning
Leviticus 7- Giving Your Best

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