Again and again. We feel the weight of brokenness this side of Heaven. Sin has caused a separation from the only One who provides love, who is Love Himself. We choose hate over His offer of love. We choose fear over His offer of freedom. We choose selfishness over His selfless offer. Jesus.
But there will be a day that every knee will bow in Heaven AND on Earth. One day this promise will be fulfilled as it is written:
“He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
Who of us is not thirsty!? Our brokenness cannot sustain life. We fill up on things of this world that were never meant to satisfy and wrapped in all our sin it seeps.right.out. We were created whole – uniquely, wonderfully, and fearfully. In the hands of our Creator we were so carefully made. And in the hands of the evil one we were tempted, weakened, and left broken. Sin entered through deceit, control and fear. So now, life empties – again and again. We are broken. The cracks are too great to keep us filled. Too great to allow us to overflow abundantly. Too great to satisfy the intention of our Creator.
And yet, Hope. Jesus is our hope. Our cracks may be great. But the broken body of Christ was so much greater. The redemption plan was to break the bonds of Sin by breaking the One whose love was greater. The cross of Christ is greater than any cross of ours. A cross and tomb satisfied the death penalty of Sin. “It is done.” Rising, He conquered death. Rising to fill our deepest need. Rising to live in glory. In Him we are alive – glorified – redeemed. Our only source of abundance is Christ. Those cracks – our weaknesses – are His strength. He redeems what was once broken.
And although we are still visibly cracked…we are made whole.
Made Holy through Christ.
We now are able to live a life that is abundantly filled because the Father sees the perfect sacrifice of His son. He sees sin conquered, even in the midst of our brokenness. Made white as snow. Cleansed by the blood of Christ. Now, a life that CAN overflow to our neighbors, strangers, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. The Lord’s intention fulfilled through the “lowly things” all because of the King of kings. Our sustainer of life, filling in our brokenness with His perfect love. Apart from Him we have nothing that will sustain us. Nothing that lasts. Try as we may our hope cannot be misplaced. We cannot risk misplaced hope. This world will fail. We will fail. May we not misplace our hope.
Jesus speaks of His leaving the world. He shares a picture of what is to come in the wake of His death – brokenness, despair, doubts. And listen to this:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Our Advocate has come – the Holy Spirit! Sent by Christ. For you and me to know His presence, His peace and the hope of the place prepared by our loving Father. And the day will come when the Creator’s created will be brought back to the intended order. All made possible through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The greatest ending of all for those who live a life surrendered to Christ…
” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b]or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
[Confession: I dropped the ball with the Saint series that I hoped to do this summer. Failure is such a hard thing to muddle through and push past. The evil one sneaks in and lingers in failure. I am sorry for not being faithful in my word to write the saint series out this summer. My hope is to be faithful and disciplined here. Not for the sake of getting it done but really for the sake of honoring the Lord through drawing out what is on my heart. To be aware of the Lord’s voice in my life. I am here to push on in joy and truth. Thanks for being faithful in returning here every now and then! I humbly invite you to continue joining me here.]
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I love this. Matt Chandler says in a sermon on Ecclesiastes that we are given a certain incompleteness that only Jesus can fill, and that’s why many who don’t have Jesus spend their lives striving for SOMETHING of meaning. What they really need to fill them is Jesus! I think this goes a lot with what you’re saying about being made complete in Him – we’re complete if the “in Him” part is there. 🙂 Great post!
couldn’t agree more! thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed 🙂