25 Mar Jesus’ mission… our mission – 3/25/20
Jerry and Melissa Niedzialek
Isaiah 61:1 – “… he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…“
In Luke 4:18, Jesus quotes this prophecy and proclaims its fulfillment by His coming to earth. He gives us a clear explanation of why He has come, leaving no doubt in the minds of His followers. Binding up the brokenhearted was part of Jesus’ mission. Like Peter, we should follow in Jesus’ steps (1 Pet 2:21). But what does “bind up” mean and who are the “brokenhearted?” King David prays in Psalm 51, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (v.17). David is a great example of what being brokenhearted looks like in seeking repentance and forgiveness. Jesus is ready and willing to bind up (to heal or to put together) all who would come to His tender mercies.
Two simple thoughts from this verse:
1. Remember to make Jesus’ mission, your mission. Take time to first be reminded of who He is, why He came to earth, and what He has done for you. Then go share this good news with others around you so they can experience and share Jesus’ love, forgiveness and salvation. If He has truly saved you and bound up your broken heart, then go tell others and make Jesus’ mission your mission. Share the Good News about Jesus!
2. Jesus is the One who ultimately binds up broken hearts. We are His messengers and instruments to tell of His great love and salvation, but only Jesus can do the work. Let us rely on His power to bind up the brokenhearted.
- Pray that Jesus would give you a heart after His heart and that He would help you make His mission, your mission.
- Pray that Jesus would soften the hearts of the church and the people you come in contact with. We must come to Him as King David did, with a broken and contrite heart.
- Pray for boldness in sharing the Good News of Jesus to our city, just as the Apostle Paul did, “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19).