We’ve had the absolute honor and pleasure to travel to many cities and nations to bring the message of God’s healing heart toward those who are hurting and emotionally wounded. We spent 2 weeks in the Philippines and were witnesses to God’s move to heal many broken and wounded men and women. It was extraordinary how open people’s hearts were and how God brought healing with little or no help from us. We have been in the ministry of restoring broken hearts and souls for the past 26 years and we believe God is showing us His heart in this hour. He is revealing Jesus to a broken and hurting world.
It’s been on my heart to do a blog series on how Jesus heals the brokenhearted. It isn’t complicated. It is His heart’s desire. We see in the Gospels that Jesus was moved with compassion for those in physical, emotional and spiritual pain. But before we take a look at the “how”, we must take a good long look at the “who”. I want us to first take a look at Jesus; who He was, how He lived and who He spent His time with.
Few in Christian circles doubt the divinity of Jesus. He was fully God and fully man. I could spend decades meditating on the fact that God, the God who created everything, came down in the dust with His creation. He had to be carried in the womb. He was born into poverty and need. He had to be cared for, fed and changed. Do you get that? He felt hunger, thirst and was tired without enough sleep. He felt everything we feel, though He was God in the flesh. This should never stop fascinating us. He who knew no boundaries became clothed in flesh and in time. It is one of the greatest mysteries we could meditate upon.
Jesus was the express image of the Father as is beautifully expressed in this hymn from Paul in Colossians 1:15-20:
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[e]
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
When you think about Christ becoming man, of Christ being the exact image of God the Father, does it cause you to wonder? To question? To learn? It should do all that and more.
I believe that God’s people had deeply misunderstood the heart of the Father. They saw God, primarily, as the Law Giver. The prevailing religious minds emphasized a strict adherence to the Law of Moses, as well as “fence” laws created by man to be sure you wouldn’t even come close to breaking the law. They had forgotten the God of mercy and compassion. The God who couldn’t be contained in buildings of stone. Then Jesus came.
Jesus showed the Father’s face to a world desperately in need. He showed love, compassion, grace and the nobility of all of God’s children. He upset the religious establishment by eating with the outcasts, associating with women and breaking the “rules” of the system. They accused Jesus of being a glutton, a drunkard and a friend of sinners. Why these accusations? I’ll continue that in the next blog!