Isaiah 61:1 - Fixing Broken Hearts!
Isa.61:1; Fixing Broken Hearts!
Isa 61:1 (NCV) The LORD has appointed me to tell the good news
to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are
broken, to tell the captives they are free, and to tell the prisoners
they are released.
The prophets had the Holy Spirit of God at times, teaching them
what to say, and causing them to say it; but Christ had the Spirit
always, without measure, to qualify him, as man, for the work to which
he was appointed. The poor are commonly best disposed to receive
the gospel, James 2:5; and it is only likely to profit us when
received with meekness. To such as are poor in spirit, Christ preached
good tidings when he said, Blessed are the meek. Christ's
satisfaction is accepted. By the dominion of sin in us, we are bound under
the power of Satan; but the Son is ready, by his Spirit, to make us
free; and then we shall be free indeed. Sin and Satan were to be
destroyed; and Christ triumphed over them on his cross. But the children of
men, who stand out against these offers, shall be dealt with as
enemies. Christ was to be a Comforter, and so he is; he is sent to
comfort all who mourn, and who seek to him, and not to the world, for
comfort. He will do all this for his people, that they may abound in the
fruits of righteousness, as the branches of God's planting. Neither the
mercy of God, the atonement of Christ, nor the gospel of grace, profit
the self-sufficient and proud. They must be humbled, and led to know
their own character and wants, by the Holy Spirit, that they may see
and feel their need of the sinner's Friend and Saviour. His doctrine
contains glad tidings indeed to those who are humbled before God.
[Matthew Henry Commentary]
Many in the world set their affections on things that in
themselves are not evil; but they become satisfied with these things, and
do not seek the greater and higher good that Christ desires to give
them. Now we must not rudely seek to deprive them of what they hold
dear. Reveal to them the beauty and preciousness of truth. Lead them
to behold Christ in His loveliness; then they will turn from
everything that would draw their affections away from Him. This is the
principle of the Saviour's dealing with men; it is the principle that must
be brought into the church.
Christ came into the world to "bind up the broken-hearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them
that are bound." Isaiah 61:1. The Sun of Righteousness shall "arise
with healing in His wings." Malachi 4:2. The world is full of men and
women who are carrying a heavy burden of sorrow and suffering and sin.
God sends His children to reveal to them Him who will take away the
burden and give them rest. It is the mission of Christ's servants to
help, to bless, and to heal. 6T54,5