In Luke 4:18 -19, Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord”.
Jesus is anointed to heal the brokenhearted.
Who are the brokenhearted? I don’t think this scripture is referring to the brokenhearted in the sense of “my girlfriend broke my heart”, even though I do believe Jesus heals this kind of brokenheartedness as well, but I believe there is a much richer and deeper meaning to this text.
Psalm 34:18 says: “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”, and Psalm 51:17 says: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise“.
In Luke 7:36-50 we have an example of Jesus healing the brokenhearted.
And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, A WOMAN in the city, which was A SINNER, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, AND STOOD AT HIS FEET BEHIND HIM WEEPING, and began to WASH HIS FEET WITH TEARS, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.Wherefore I say unto thee, HER SINS, WHICH ARE MANY, ARE FORGIVEN; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. AND HE SAID TO HER, THY SINS ARE FORGIVEN. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; GO IN PEACE.