We all know the physical body is amazing—able to accomplish great feats and withstand immense trauma. But did you know grief can kill a person? It is possible to die from a broken heart.
Broken Heart Syndrome is a legitimate medical diagnosis. Intense grief, trauma or fear can do more than tug heart strings (which are scientifically known as chordae tendineae). It can actually snap them, causing heart failure.
When have you felt such intense grief, it seemed your heart would break? Perhaps it was the loss of one who meant the world to you—one who was your very identity and security. Or maybe it was a crushing loneliness in the face of impending doom that melted your core. This broken world naturally generates heartaches—rejection, injustice, anxiety and betrayal. We have all felt emotional devastation, but One felt it far more intensely. In fact, He took upon Himself your suffering and mine. He bore the weight of every heartache that sin would ever cause. No one ever need die of a broken heart!
A popular TV show, The Walking Dead, captures the story line well. There is an infection in the human race that creates walking dead people. Although the breath of God dwells within every living body, the infection will kill that body–unless the Healer is invited in. The contagious nature of sin is well-documented. Its deceptive nature promises pleasure for the moment; many are captivated by its lies. Lives fall prey to sin every day; the evidence glares through broken relationships, broken hearts and broken bodies. Unlike on the TV show, a cure exists. He is the Healer who already paid the price. He waits longingly for the invitation to give eternal life to the infected!
Jesus came to die—because the damage of sin breaks His heart. He is the healing that gives life. Those who have the cure must live the cure. We have a message to share with a broken and hurting world.
The torments Christ accepted belonged to us. When we accept that truth, He gives us healing and peace!
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed,” (Isaiah 53:5).
Are you holding on to pain that Jesus already paid for? Will you accept the healing in His suffering? If you have relinquished your pain to Jesus and are living in freedom, will you share your story with us at www.mystoryofgrace.com?