Beautiful & Broken
Almost three weeks ago we celebrated the brokenness of Good Friday and the beauty of Easter Sunday. We acknowledged the cross and the resurrection.
Death. Life. Jesus.
Unlike the followers of Jesus on the first Easter, we said, “He is risen!” They didn’t remember that Jesus repeatedly told them he would rise on the third day.
They were discouraged. Troubled. Doubting.
Then, Jesus appeared…
“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?
See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see,
for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
— Luke 24:38–39 (ESV)
Can you imagine what it must have been like to meet the resurrected Jesus? It was unbelievable.
While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement,
He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece
of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.
— Luke 24:41–43 (ESV)
Jesus conquered the grave. The tomb is empty. His death has guaranteed eternal life for all put their confidence in him.
And here’s the most amazing thing to me. The risen, glorified, fit-for-heaven Jesus has scars. For eternity!
When we see him, Jesus will still bear the evidence of our sin AND the sure sign of His love. Scars. Beauty and brokenness together. Forever.
Beauty and brokenness are your future - in the heat of summer. In the joy of vacation. In the challenges of change. In the pleasures of stability. In the comfortable and in the unexpected.
Heading into the middle of 2019, remember that Jesus willingly embraces the beauty of brokenness. In fact, as our vision this year says:
Jesus is Building His Unstoppable Church
Upon the Beautiful Profession of Broken People
It is your willingness to embrace the beauty of brokenness that will lead us to thrive, to grow, to heal, to forgive, to worship, to serve, to live — together with each other. With Jesus.
-- Pastor Mike Quillen