Summary: God can heal your brokedness
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring goodness to the oppressed to bind up the brokenhearted. To proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor , and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn. To provide for those who mourn here in Bethel and in Caruthersville, and in Hayti, Kennet and yes even in Alton IL. To give us garland instead of ashes. Give us gladness instead of gloom. Give us the strength to praise instead of a faint spirit. Calling us the oaks of righteousness. The planting of the Lord to display His glory. We shall build up, we shall rise up from devastation. Repair ruins and devastation for us and our children and our children’s children. Isaiah 61:1-4
Subject: God can mend our brokedness
How many of you have heard the old familiar nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the Kings horses and all the kings men. Couldn’t put Humpty together again. Probably not a subject you thought you would hear on Sunday from a pulpit. Humpty Dumpty was this egg who lived in a kingdom. He was cheerful and chipper sitting high upon a wall. Never had the fear of being poached, boiled, or fried. Never had the concern of becoming an omelet or a meringue. Humpty Dumpty lived a good life. Sitting high up, and looking down at the townsfolk as they went by. Never had a care or a concern. But one day as he sat up on top of his wall, something happened. Now the story doesn’t breakdown rather or not he had an argument with his wife. Maybe she became so angry and tried to scramble him. Perhaps he had upset his neighbor with his attitude of loftiness and they had their boys go and attempt to crack him up. Maybe he had just received a bill that was so astronomical that it caused him to split his yolk. Maybe he found out his daughter was pregnant and became so angry he popped like an over boiled egg. Maybe he lost his job and it caused him to tumble. Maybe his son got sick and it broke him up. Maybe he got cracked up because he was strung out on crack. I don’t know, I wasn’t there. But somebody called the king of the town to come and try to put this egg’s life back together. Now we have all dropped an egg. We have each seen how it splatters and shatters. Imagine the King and his men’s attitude when they saw this mess before them. A shell in millions of pieces. Egg white mixture possibly even beginning to sizzle on the hot pavement. The yolk speckled with gravel and soot. Humpty Dumpty dipped, tripped, and fell down to go splat! The king and his footmen gave up and left Humpty Dumpty in a heap. What in the world does this have to do with anything. How can the pastor possibly bring this nursery rhyme to a directive. How is it that Humpty Dumpty is scriptural? Well look at the fate of these children of Israel! Broke down and beaten. Scattered, shattered, battered, and tattered by life. Their lives appeared to go from victor to victim as their lives laid in ruins. The local officials unable to rectify the situation just like the king in Mother Goose land. But Isaiah wanted them to look to the almighty King. The one who could raise up what has been beaten down. Release what has been held captive. Bind up what has been broken. Repair what has been ruined. Deliver what has been devastated. And what the local yokels couldn’t put together again, the Almighty King would do and do so using the very ones that tore it down!
So many times we are like Humpty Dumpty....looking to anyone and everyone but the right one to help us out. See Humpty Dumpty may have tried to pay the king ex amount of dollars thinking he could possibly tithe his way into wholeness. Humpty Dumpty might have called on the Presiding Elder or Bishop thinking having the right connections with the right people could make him whole. Humpty Dumpty might have told the preacher to put his name on the church role thinking that just being a member of somebody’s church, even if he very seldom went, just having his name on the role just might make him complete. Humpty Dumpty may have used a quick fix, unaware the it was only temporary. Humpty Dumpty might have gone to college and obtained his MBA, thinking his degrees would make him total. Humpty Dumpty might have been boastful, thinking an image of largeness would make him an absolute. Humpty Dumpty might have done a lot of things, but it is apparent that in all of his getting, he didn’t get an understanding of who was the right King to petition in times of trouble. Humpty Dumpty didn’t quite grasp the concept that the kingdom in which he resided was only temporary, but the true Kingdom of the absolute King is everlasting. Oh poor Humpty Dumpty, called on many but none were able to put him back together. His degrees were useless. His church role was baseless. His giving was fruitless. His prestige was pointless. Because Humpty Dumpty didn’t know the true king. But you see Isaiah knew who God was. He knew his father up close and personal. He understood his ability. He was certain that he could repair and restore. Isaiah was confident that God didn’t need any horses or any large group of men to put his life together again. You see we are like Humpty! And the only way we can get put back together again, is to allow the real King to do the mending. Some of our walls are higher than others and some of us are clumsy and we appear to fall more frequently. Some of us have new pieces because the old shell was just too battered. But the bottom line, those who believe in the true King, get put together again. You see it doesn’t matter how large or how small your fall. God has got the best super glue on the market and that is the blood of Jesus. The blood of Jesus washes away the mars and the scratches that occur in our falls. The blood of Jesus, fills in the crevices of our broken shell and replenishes our inner being where we have lost some of our substance. The blood of Jesus is the rectifier and the fortifier. It sustains and it maintains. It corrects and it amends. A potent solidifier that reconciles. But we have to have a personal relationship with the King and have personal knowledge of the King to be able to receive rectifying from the King!