Broken Beyond Repair… Or Not?

Contemplating sea shore

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10, NKJV).

This verse makes an impossible claim. If you look at the Greek, you will see why. The original word translated “lost” here is apollumi. It means “destroyed, ruined, broken beyond repair.” Jesus was actually claiming that He could save that which was beyond saving. That He could repair that which was beyond repairing. Yes, impossible. The astonishing news, however, is that He specializes in exactly this kind of impossible!

Let’s excavate another word from this verse. What is it exactly that Jesus intends to do with those lives that are broken beyond repair? Save them. The word “save” here in Greek is sozo. Sozo’s connotation is the exact opposite of apollumi’s. To sozo a person is to heal, preserve, deliver, and prosper him. To sozo someone is to make him whole.

Jesus came to the earth to sozo us. He came to deliver our ruined souls from the devil’s grasp. He came to make whole that which had been utterly destroyed. The power for such a mighty salvation is available to you right now through the precious blood that He shed for us.

Is there an area of your life that seems to be broken beyond repair? His blood is more than enough for your own personal sozo experience. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond His saving strength. If you put what is shattered into His enormous, loving, omnipotent hands, He will masterfully restore it to His creation design. This is exactly what He came to do. This is exactly the reason He left Heaven and took on flesh capable of enduring Calvary’s nails.

His Spirit urges you today, “Please do not settle for anything less than My full restoration! I yearn to sozo you. I paid the entire price necessary to make you whole. It is finished! Come unto Me and receive the gift I long to give you…”


Has God restored something in your life that, humanly speaking, was beyond repair? Is there something inside you that right now is crying out for His saving, healing touch? Give voice to that cry! Invite Him to come in to the hurting place…


28 thoughts on “Broken Beyond Repair… Or Not?

  1. I love this teaching today- speaks to my heart’s cry for those dear to me and to the devastated landscape of my life’s journey. Reading the many wonderful testimonies through the years of your ministry I know the Lord can work true miracles. I am waiting and calling on Him for the same. I didn’t know those were the meanings of lost and save in that verse! I have looked at what is really devastated and wondered at what can be done for remedy and know miracles are needed. I am going to use this verse in my prayers in a new light! Thank you for your insightful study❣️❣️❣️🕊

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    1. Aw, you are so very welcome, my precious sister. I am deeply glad it was encouraging to you. I don’t remember if I’ve asked you this before, but have you had a chance to read any good books about deep level healing through the Holy Spirit?


      1. I would be glad to hear of any you know about :-). I have listened to and read inner healing materials and have been searching for understanding and help.

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      2. Sure! These are some of my favorites:

        The Transformation of the Inner Man, by John and Paul Sanford

        Prayers that Heal the Heart, by Mark and Pati Virkler

        The Healing of Memories, by David Seamands

        Also, I found out recently that Bethel Church in Redding will do inner healing ministry by Skype appointment if you call to schedule one with them. I’m under the impression that it’s free of charge. They call that ministry Sozo, which goes well with this post :). That church has SUCH a beautiful healing anointing, that seems like a wonderful resource to me. The information is one their website.


  2. Thank you for illumination of the Greek words. I believe that in the Cross of Christ even the seemingly broken beyond repair can be redeemed. He died that ALL may be saved and eventually redemption of ALL THINGS. Love to you dear sister in Christ.

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  3. Love this. Like salve to my soul. I’ve been learning this myself. A verse I love is 2 Corinthians 4:7: “For we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.” I may be a mess, but He still loves me, heals me, and uses me despite my mistakes.

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    1. What a precious verse that is, Lauren. And precious, precious truth. That He not only chooses, but delights in us clay vessels! And displays His glory in and through us in spite of our frailty. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found it encouraging. I also so enjoyed reading yours, I’m grateful you shared the link with me. 🙂 I tried to comment in your comment section, but my jungle Internet sometimes can be challenging, so instead, here is what I was trying to post there:

      Yes and amen! He really does have such a breathtaking plan to bring beauty out of our brokenness and bless so many other lives through it. I loved learning the history of these lighthouses, too!

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