“This is my body which was broken for you.”
Luke 22: 19
King James Version
“Broken To Serve – Broken To Save”
“God can do wonders with a broken heart; if we give Him all of the pieces”
Where in my life do I feel broken?
Will I accept Jesus’ gift of His broken body to heal my life?
“We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help.”
“I am forgotten…I have become like broken pottery.”
Psalm 31: 12
New International Version
It was Passover. As was their custom, Jesus and His followers made plans to have dinner together. It was a time of fellowship and remembrance. But on this particular evening, the mood was somber. Something was different – and for certain Jesus’ discourse with His friends took a very unusual path. Jesus was talking about His blood being spilled and His body being broken. Strange talk coming from the Son of God.
But the talk wasn’t unusual if your name was Immanuel, meaning, “God With Us.” For this was who Jesus was – the only God who would lay His life on the line for people who had wandered, ignored, mocked and derided Him.
So on this evening, Jesus said, “This is my body which is broken for you.”
I want to focus on what happens when something is broken. Cracks appear. Spaces develop.
Take a broken cup, for example, when water is poured into a cracked cup, the cup become a conduit for water. It is as if the water now finds a place to flow. A river runs through it.
And so, on an evening in a room in Jerusalem, Jesus informed His friends that His body – broken – would become a fertile, life-giving river of strength…of courage…of hope…and of love that would flow through Him to every one of His broken children who would then allow His love to flow through their cracked lives to others who needed the love, only Immanuel could give them.
The author Kathy Galloway in describing the healing potential of cracks in our lives writes:
“Trust the crack,
it wants to be
a wild luxuriant valley
with waterfalls –
a river running through
and on either side
fertile – fruitful lands.”
What a gift Jesus gave to you and me on a day Christians now call “Good Friday.” It wasn’t a good day for the Son of God – but it certainly was a Great Day for you and me. For Jesus became vulnerable through a broken body to the cracks and brokenness of all His children. And through this brokenness, the Bible says, “We are healed.”
The author Eugene O’Neill wrote: “Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue.”
As you and I reflect on the greatness of Heaven’s gift to earth may we never forget that because of Heaven’s gift – Jesus’ broken body – the flow of grace comes into every broken part of my life and yours – and because of this free gift – we are healed in order that we too can become rivers of grace flowing to those around us who need God’s healing.
In the beautiful words of Jesus, “He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted…
so set at liberty those who are bruised,” (Luke 4: 18).
May the healing grace of Jesus fill you this Easter.
“Grace is the gift of Christ,
who exposes the gulf
which separates God and
man, and by exposing it,
“We Cannot Measure How You Heal”
“We cannot measure how you heal
Or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
Yet we believe your grace responds
Where faith and doubt unite to care.
Your hands, though bloodied on the cross,
Survive to hold and heal and warn,
To carry all through death to life
And cradle children yet unborn.
The pain that will not go away,
The guilt that clings from things long past,
The fear of what the future holds
Are present as if meant to last.
But present too is love which tends
The hurt we never hoped to find,
The private agonies inside,
The memories that haunt the mind.
So some have come who need your help
And some have come to make amends,
As hands which shaped and saved the world
Are present in the touch of friends.
Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
To mend the body, mind and soul,
To disentangle peace from pain
And make your broken people whole.”
John L. Bell and
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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