THE BROKEN HEART
John 8:10-11 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” ¶ She said, “No one, Lord.” ¶ And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
This past Sunday was Easter Sunday. Just before I went to the platform to minister the Word, we showed a short excerpt from the Passion of the Christ. This portion was about the woman caught in adultery. The film portrayed her sin in the light of Christ’s suffering under the Roman whips and His death on the cross. You were given visual pictures of the woman watching The Lord die, and flashing back to her forgiveness when she first met Christ. As she crawled towards Jesus, stretching out her hand to touch His feet, I thought I was going to explode. Suddenly I saw me, I saw us, I saw sinners coming in repentance to the feet of Jesus. Anyone who comes with a broken and contrite heart will be received. Not only will they be received, they will be healed and loved by the Lover of our souls. Jonathan Edwards described this contrition in relation to us pouring out true worship back to our Lord.
“Believers don’t only pour forth the exercises of grace out of a pure heart. True Christian grace and divine love always flows out of a broken heart, an heart broken with a sense of sin. And the heart of a saint never sends forth such a sweet savor as when it is most broken and contrite, as is evidenced by Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit”; and Psalms 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Isaiah 57:15, “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”; Isaiah 66:1-02, “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at my word.” And grace never gives as sweet a savor to the believer himself.”
As I began to preach that morning, I felt the oil of His forgiveness pouring all over me. This is where our worship and our ministry come from. As He ministers to us, we pour our oil back on Him and whoever will listen to our words.