How do you mend a broken heart?

Heartbroken. It’s a common human experience.

Many fishermen have been “heartbroken” over losing that big fish. A hunter misses a shot on a record animal and relives that heartbreaking moment.

I read the comment of a major league athlete’s wife when he had to sign his contract for $89 million instead of $91 million. She said it was the one of the “saddest days of our lives.”

Then there are the real reasons for being heartbroken. Health issues make a negative impact. A loved one is lost in a catastrophe. The deception and duplicity of one held dear brings disaster.

Thankfully, there is One who can heal a broken heart. Jesus made that claim in Luke 4:18 when reading a Scripture from Isaiah 61:1.

The gospels, “good news,” tell of many instances when Jesus healed broken hearts as well as sick bodies.

Two women with long-term illnesses are mentioned. One had a hemorrhage condition for 12 years. Another was bent over with an infirmity for 18 years. Both lived every day with difficulty due to their poor health. Broken hearts came with their condition as more and more they had less and less reason for happiness. Jesus brought healing for their bodies and their broken hearts as well.

Death too was defeated and the heartbreak it caused. The 12-year-old daughter of Jairus was brought back to life. They now had two special days to celebrate; a birthday and a resurrection. A funeral procession of a young man in a village became a parade of celebration when Jesus raised him from the dead and restored him to his widowed mother. Mary and Martha, who were sisters of Lazarus, suffered broken hearts when he died from a sudden illness. Healing took place when Jesus called him forth from the grave.

Theologians say it is possible that Jesus died on the cross from a broken heart instead of broken legs like the others crucified with him. This was because he died to take “away the sin of the world.”

The women watching his suffering and the disciples placing him in the tomb did so with broken hearts. The next three days were not spent in breathless anticipation of his promised resurrection, but in fear and doubt.

The dictionary says to be brokenhearted is to be “crushed by grief or despair.” That describes the disciples following Christ’s death. However, healing of hearts was about to happen.

The resurrection of Jesus was soon recognized as reality. The Bible says over 500 saw Jesus alive over a period of 40 days. Several times he appeared to his followers to assure them, “Peace be unto you.”

Since Jesus never changes (see Hebrews 13:8), he has power to heal the brokenhearted today.

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalms 147:3).

 

Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Sunday services include Bible classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. and worship at11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible study is at 7:00 p.m.

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