Broken. Broken bodies. Broken hearts. Broken lives. Broken homes. Broken promises.
After saying this word over and over, it starts to sound, well, wrong. Is that even a proper word?
Broken. Defined by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary as “violently separated into parts (shattered); damaged or altered by breaking (fractured); violated by transgression; disrupted by change; made weak or infirm; subdued completely (crushed); not complete or full; cut off; disunited.”
Yesterday I checked my fuchsia to see if it needed watering, then hung it back up on its hook and sat down in the chair next to it. Within moments, there was an awful crash and a shower of dirt and leaves. The hook had come out of its proper place in the ceiling, and the pot had fallen, splitting in two. The plant, which I had noted only seconds before needed a slight trim, lay in pieces, violently pruned. Pot, hook, plant. Broken.
An incredibly fierce tornado touched down and tore through Oklahoma, leaving behind a path of heartbreaking destruction. Homes, cars, schools, lives. Broken.
Once upon a time, long ago, the man and the woman lived in a perfect garden. They experienced perfection in love and perfection in relationship, with each other and with God. Then along came a snake, who suggested an evil and rebellious idea, and the man and the woman exercised their God-given free will to choose the tempter’s way instead of God’s. Garden, snake, relationships, lives, every man and every woman. Broken.
Several thousand years after the choice made in the garden, God sent His only Son to earth as a poor babe, fully man yet also fully God. This baby, Jesus, grew to be a man, and the snake knew that this One was sent to restore what had been broken in the garden. The snake, Satan himself, wielded his earthly power and saw to it that this Son of Man was betrayed, ill-treated, and crucified. Broken.*
Yet what the snake had no power over was the fact that Jesus was not only the Son of Man, but also the Son of God, and He chose to be broken on that cross, for the sake of every man and every woman. Jesus was broken so that we might be restored. Restored to life, to relationship with God, to hope of perfection one day in the very presence of God.
And Jesus did not stay broken. Death had no power over Him. He came alive again, conquering death and offering us the gift of eternal life, by grace through faith in Him. He lives!
Whatever kind of brokenness you are experiencing, Jesus is the answer. Look to Him for comfort, healing, and restoration. Look to Him for the gift of grace ~ unearned, undeserved forgiveness, love, kindness, and mercy ~ and for eternal life in Him!
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~ Psalm 34:18
“Thou hast made the land quake, Thou hast split it open; heal its breaches, for it totters. Thou hast made Thy people experience hardship;…Save with Thy right hand, and answer us!” ~ Psalm 60:2-3a, 5b
“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” ~ Psalm 147:3
” ‘I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick;” ~ Ezekiel 34:15-16a
” ‘For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ ” ~ Luke 19:10
” ‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” ~ John 3:16-17
“But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many… For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ… that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ Romans 5: 15, 17, 21
*Note: Jesus’ body was broken in death, but not His bones, fulfilling prophecy.
“For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.” ~ John 19:36 (KJV)