Everyone has emotional wounds and scars from our past. THINK JUNIOR HIGH!
Emotional wounds are harder to heal than physical wounds. Physical injuries can heal in days, weeks, and months but emotional injuries often take years/decades to recover. BUT Jesus comes to heal our emotional wounds!
Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
Jesus reminds us of His mission IN us when He read Isaiah 61:1-2:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18).
Isaiah’s words pictured the deliverance and healing of Israel from the pain and injuries of their exile in Babylon. The Year of Jubilee is when all debts were canceled, all slaves freed, and all property returned to original owners (see Leviticus 25). But the release from Babylonian exile had not brought the fulfillment that the people had hoped would happen; they were still a conquered and oppressed people. Isaiah was prophesying a future Messianic age, a time when He would come in the Spirit of the Lord, anointed to preach good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. This passage offers to heal any emotionally wounded person.
How? The Power of the Holy Spirit heals emotional wounds! We can improve and strengthen our emotional health so we can improve our bodies and make them stronger.
We start by revealing or bringing to light our injuries. We will not experience healing until we face the woundedness. As long as we hide these injuries, we will NOT get better. There is a simple principle that speaks to this truth that we are healed when we expose our wounds to the light of the Lord!
Psalm 139:1-7 says, “O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me; I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!”
Healing Together in the Messiah,