It's no fun having your car totaled or to have your life totaled, especially at Christmas. In the midst of all the joy and excitement, maybe the Christmas season finds you wounded and hurting. Divorce, disaster, death, depression, and disappointment hurt anytime, but especially at Christmas.

If you're hurting or down this season, then Christmas is especially for you. Behind the amazing events at that manger in Bethlehem is the mission for which Jesus came. Isaiah 61:1 says, "The Lord ... has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted." Jesus wants to come into your life this Christmas and begin that heart-healing that only He can do.

The old nursery rhyme tells us about "Humpty Dumpty" who had a "great fall." "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again." Our world is filled with Humpty Dumpty people, and you may be one of them. While all the king's horses and all the king's men can't put Humpty together again, the King can! Psalm 147:3 tells us that "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." It cost Jesus everything to be able to do it.

The ultimate source of the hurt in this world is that dark force that the Bible calls "sin." Some people think sin is just breaking the rules of some religion. Actually, it's violating the laws of God Himself. It's living as if you're the "sun" and everyone and everything else should revolve around you, even God. There are six billion of us humans who have made that choice, and the result is a mountain of hurt and guilt.

The Son of God was born into this world to do what only He could do, because He was perfect. He died in our place to pay for our sin and break its destructive power in our lives. Isaiah 53:3 and 5 say, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."

The awesome news is that He's ready to come into your life to forgive every sin and heal what's broken inside you, if you'll turn the steering wheel of your life over to the One you were made for. He's the One who loves you like nobody has ever loved you.

The healing begins the day your relationship with Him begins. That relationship begins when you say to Him, "Jesus, I have no hope but You. You died for my sin. You showed Your power by walking out of Your grave. I'm ready for You to run this life of mine and make it what I never could." In a very real way, the hits you've taken and the hurts you've endured can bring you into the very purpose for which you were made. Give yourself to the One you were made by and made for.

This Christmas doesn't have to be just more hurting. Instead, it can be when healing begins. Jesus loves you so much that He was totaled for you so you can be whole!

            

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