“I have talked to you about the Physician for broken hearts; shall I tell you what His chief medicine is? It is His own flesh and blood. There is no cure like it. When a sinner is bleeding with sin, Jesus pours His own blood into the wound; and when that wound is slow in healing, He binds His own sacrifice about it.
Healing for broken hearts comes by the atonement, atonement by substitution, Christ suffering in our stead. He suffered for every one who believeth in Him, and he that believeth in Him is not condemned, and never can be condemned, for the condemnation due to Him was laid upon Christ. He is clear before the bar of justice as well as before the throne of mercy.
I remember when the Lord put that precious ointment upon my wounded spirit. Nothing ever healed me until I understood that He died in my place and stead, died that I might not die. And now, today, my heart would bleed itself to death were it not that I believe that He ‘His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree.’ ‘With His stripes we are healed,’ and with no medicine but this atoning sacrifice.
A wonderful heal-all is this, when the Holy Ghost applies it with His own divine power, and lets life and love come streaming into the heart that was ready to bleed to death.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Christ’s Hospital: A Sermon on Psalm 147:3,” originally published in Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 38 (1892), http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2260.htm (accessed 9 October 2008).