David talked about this in Psalm 69:17-21. The passage deals with his own feelings when he went through several different things, the affair with Bathsheba, the rebellion led by his son, Absalom. The scripture here has a more profound application as the Spirit of Christ reveals the spiritual suffering of Jesus on Calvary for us, thus helping us to grasp the tremendous care He has for us.
Notice Psalms 69:20 “Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”
Reproach carries the idea of disgrace and when we understand that everything about crucifixion was designed to totally humiliate the victim and to put fear into the heart of observers it is clear that Christ knows what humiliation feels like and identifies with us when we go through this experience. Someone with a broken heart is no stranger in heaven.
Isaiah points out that Christ was “despised” during His earthly ministry. We know this feeling is still prevalent in many hearts, actually the majority of fallen humans.
When I was first saved I recall a song that was popular, He’s the Healer of Broken Hearts. The commentators of earlier times taught that He died of a broken heart.
The truth for today is simply that Christ can and wants to heal, cold hearts, calloused hearts, and certainly hearts that are broken for whatever reason.
You should not feel guilty over a broken heart, but you must learn the lessons that are tucked away in the pain, hand the broken heart to Christ and go on with God’s plan in your life.
Even though Christ’s heart was broken on Calvary, He went ahead with the resurrection. And so must we.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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