Jesus Christ Is The Only Answer To The Frightened And Hurting
Posted by Job on September 6, 2008
1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Take a stroll through the news headlines all over the world either on television, radio, print, or on the Internet. Or better yet, look in the eyes of people around you and pay attention to their words, the sounds of their voices, their body language, etc. In most, you will see the effects of living in a world order that has fallen into and is ruled by sin and depravity. There is much division and hate. There is even more fear, anxiety, and confusion. And why should there not be? Not only are there problems like natural disasters, war, disease, broken families, economic collapses, crime, and a moral climate so bad that there are pervasive scandals even affecting the clergy, but we have a mass media that directly confronts us with all of these problems on a continuous basis.
So, there exists a large number of people that are being crushed by the weight of not only their condition and that of the world, but also of being continually reminded of it. Such people will naturally look for a balm, a salve, a deliverer, a change, for something to put their hope and trust into. Something to fix the problem, something to ease the pain, something to help them cope, or even something that helps them forget. These people are going to often turn to economics and commerce, government and politics, or heady things. Other people will turn to arts and entertainment, or maybe sports. Some will choose religion. Others still will take refuge in food, sex, drugs, pornography, and other indulgences. And then there are some people who will simply look for a hero.
That is why in not only politics and government but also entertainment, sports, the arts, commerce, etc. we all look to leaders who promise change, hope, reform. We are so willing to get behind any new fad, any new ideology, any new lifestyle, like the people at Mars Hill in Acts that the Apostle Paul spoke to that spent their whole lives looking for some new thing. Was it that the old thing was not good enough? Or was it that things, old or new, cannot take the fear, the pain, the uncertainty, the longing, and the guilty consciences away? The old things remind us of our unworthiness, and we trade them for new things that remind them of our unworthiness even more. So many of us have a desire to belong, so many of us are searching for meaning. Yet it seems as if we are so near to yet so far from what we are looking for. So, a great many of us simply drop out, tune out, and give up, and that makes us feel worst of all.
Do you know people like that? Are you a person like that? If either case, Jesus Christ is the only answer. Jesus Christ is the only one that can set people captive to their emotions, fears, and circumstances free. Jesus Christ is the only one that can heal guilty consciences. Jesus Christ is the only one that can heal the pain, chase away the blues, drive off the terror and the nightmares. Mental illness, emotional problems, people who just can’t seem to “get it together”, Jesus Christ is the way. Narcissism, living your whole life to please yourself without any higher meaning, Jesus Christ is the cure for that too.
The people that are bound, that are hurting, Jesus Christ is their liberator. He holds the key to their freedom. He allows them to exchange their heavy burdens for His light one, a wicked master who seeks their destruction (Satan) for a good master that seeks their salvation (God the Father). Jesus Christ said when He quoted this verse at the beginning of His ministry that His gospel was for the poor. Well, there are certainly people who are financially destitute, oppressed, and exploited and they need the people of God to comfort and advocate for them. But the vast majority of the people walking this planet, no matter their financial or social status, have a spiritual poverty. They have an emotional poverty. They have a mental poverty. They have guilty consciences. They have broken hearts. They have family troubles. They have bad marriages and troubled relations with their kids. They have drug addictions or problems with sexual immorality. They are trapped in cycles of abuse, whether in the role of the abused or the abuser. And most of all, they are trapped in sin, and that is a snare that will send them to an eternity in the lake of fire.
The message of Isaiah 61:1-3 is that Jesus Christ offers these people an answer. Not a false hope, not a temporal hope, but a true, eternal solution. But how is this answer proclaimed and applied to this world that so badly needs it? After all, Jesus Christ cried “It is finished!” on the cross. He rose from the dead and now sits on the right hand of the God the Father. So, the answer has to be THE CHURCH. The BODY OF CHRIST. We are His lips through which this gospel is preached. We are His feet that takes that gospel all over the world, from the White House to the crack house. And we are His hands that to the lifting, the reassuring, the comforting, and the feeding, and the healing.
If the Holy Spirit of the Lord GOD is not upon us, who is it on? If the LORD has not anointed us to preach good tidings unto the meek, who did He anoint? If God did not send us to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound, who did He send?
If we are not God’s news reporters and heralds whose job it is to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, which is the age of grace, and the day of vengeance of our God, which is the last day, the final resurrection and the great white throne judgment, then who is? And if we cannot comfort all that mourn with that message by bringing them into the Kingdom of Heaven so that they can both enjoy the current age of grace and receive a reward on the day of the Lord instead of perdition, then we must ask … are we comforted ourselves by this message? If not, then are we truly in the faith?
If we are not appointing unto them that mourn in Zion, to giving unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified, then are we in the faith? And if we are in the faith and not doing these things, then precisely what are we doing?
Jesus Christ is the answer for the hurting, for those investing themselves in false hopes, for the sick, for the dying, for the frightened, for the frustrated, for the oppressed and depressed just as He was the answer for you. You do believe that, right? If so, why are you not acting like it by bringing this message, the message of the Bible, to all that you know and meet by the words that you speak and the way that you live your life? Again, because if you do not do this, who will?