"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach 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, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion. to bestow them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations."
Isaiah 61:1-3 (Jesus read this scripture aloud as he began his ministry.)
What do we do when our hearts are sliced open, and we lay bleeding as waves of pain and grief sweep over our being? Justice is what we long for, and maybe a little revenge. Our hearts fester with the wound infected by bitterness & despair. We become prisoners in the dark. Some retreat and hide, some would lash out in anger at those they love, at God, or maybe at the one who caused the pain. What is right and healthy? Where do we go for help, how do we get set free?
Have you ever wondered what was in the mind of Christ when his closest friends denied and betrayed him, when people told lies about him? As the mocking crowds spit in his face, and soldiers filleted his back, what was he thinking? He was called a man of Sorrows acquainted with grief. Acts 8:33: "In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth."
What could have been in his thoughts?
Hebrews 12:2 says: "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
He's waiting to hear about it from you.
He understands; He knows your grief.
He was called to be our healer before He was born, and in Him is freedom and release from the darkness that strangles our souls.
The simple act of opening our throbbing hearts and minds to him, surrendering our control and talking to him, can open the door to healing. As we relinquish our rights to Him, He becomes our Defender, our Deliverer and so much more. We can move on from this and become "trees of righteousness", rooted and grounded in His love. We can rebuild the city and restore the devastated places, and someday, when we are ready, we will be a hand reaching into that dark prison we know well, to lead someone else to the Healer.
For the joy set before us...
By: Carol S Short