The First Sermon Jesus Preached: Jesus the Heart-Surgeon

Jesus heals all including the brokenhearted

Jesus heals all including the brokenhearted

When Jesus goes to preach His first sermon, He opens up the Scripture and it’s about Him. He reads from Isaiah 61, which says:

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, / because the Lord has anointed me / to proclaim good news to the poor. / He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, / to proclaim freedom for the captives / and release from darkness for the prisoners…

What’s in that first “He has sent me” statement about the good news? It’s to bind up the brokenhearted. Because in Jesus definition of the good news, it meant that God was going to source your obedience to His mandate. He is going to get inside of the process, and He is going to source your obedience to His mandate.

In other words, you’re not like Abraham Lincoln, who was left pretty much by himself to figure it out.

Jesus could say, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

God is going to actively enter into the process and source your obedience to His mandate from the inside out. Jesus said He was going to bind up the brokenhearted.

This is how my inner conversation goes: I am now a student of cardiology. I’m a student of cardiology, and as I become a student of cardiology, guess who is the primary patient? Me. Now, so I’m both an understudy, but I’m also the patient. So as we are learning this fine art of Jesus binding up the brokenhearted, as we are learning the mystery of Him uniting my heart to fear His name and to do all these wonderful heart things, to write His law. I’m the patient, I’m the understudy. I am watching Him and participating with Him as He does surgery on me.

 

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