The Messiah would be sent to heal the brokenhearted
Podcast and outline
In Isaiah 61 the prophet announced the good news of God’s restoration for the people of Israel:
Isaiah 61:1-2 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
Jesus taught that He was the promised Messiah. Jesus Christ began this sermon by reading from the writings of Isaiah concerning the future mission of the Anointed One:
Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.”
Seven centuries after the prophecy of Isaiah, Jesus Christ began His public ministry in the synagogue of Nazareth by opening up the scroll of Isaiah and applying this passage to Himself. AT the end of the reading he said “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing,”
After his reading those to whom He was speaking attempted to rationalize His message as they rejected Him and "thrust him out of the city." (Luke 4:28.) Jesus had anticipated their rejection and had taught them that even though there were many among them who had afflictions, few would accept Him and be healed. (See Luke 4:22-27.)
Jesus concluded the sermon in Nazareth identifying Himself as the anointed Servant-King who would announce “the good news” of salvation and bind up the brokenhearted.
The “brokenhearted” are people who are weakened, crushed, or destroyed in spirit. The term describes those who feel spiritually bankrupted, needy, and helpless. They desire God’s help, comfort, and salvation.
The verb translated “bind up” in the original language means “to inspire with confidence, give hope and courage to, to encourage, to bandage, to dress by covering, wrapping, or binding.”
The focus of the message of good news is spiritual restoration and healing. As a physician would “bind up” or bandage a wounded arm, so the Messiah would bandage a wounded spirit.
How does Jesus bind up the brokenhearted?
1 Peter 2:24, NLT “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed”
Jesus Christ knows our troubles, temptations, and sorrows. He experienced them throughout His life and His death on the cross.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds