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"The Blessedness of Brokenness"

"And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law."

Nehemiah 8:9

We read in the book of Nehemiah that the people wept when they heard the Word of the Lord. It just goes to show us how tender their hearts were to the Word of the Lord. They stood in honor at its reading and they lifted their hands up to the Lord in worship. The people were literally standing in awe.

I remember watching the movie, "The Passion of the Christ" for the first time and like most people I too was moved to tears. Yet my tears were not brought on by the reading of God's law in the movie, but rather, I was in a sense (though it is was a movie) able to see the Word with my own eyes. The tears I shed had nothing to do with the reading of the law. I cried because of the fresh realization and revelation of God's grace in my life. Unlike the Pharisee's who were known as moralist's, Jesus was perfect in every way but what people remember the Lord for most is His forgiveness and His compassion towards sinners.

I cried because I am so aware of the fact that I am a lawbreaker, a sinner and because of that Jesus Christ willingly came from heaven to earth and died in my place on the Cross. I cried as I was reminded He died not just because of me but in love He died for me. Not only is that love but it is personal! The thought of God's love being personal overwhelms me every time I think about it, and I pray it does you too! 

To watch if only on a movie screen the inhumane treatment that the Lord endured on the Cross because of my sin just overwhelms me when I watch the movie "The Passion of the Christ". I can't help but mourn, I want to mourn, I need to mourn my sin. Yet, the reason I mourn most is because I know the Word of God and that it teaches me that Jesus died for me. Without the Word, its just human emotion, but because of God's Word, I am drawn to repentance.

The reading of God's Word brings us to moments of bitter sweetness. The joy of salvation is like honey on our lips yet the judgment that will befall those who reject Jesus Christ as Savior should cause our stomachs to turn. Wasn't it apostle John in Revelation 10:9-10 who was instructed, "So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth." Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter."

When I read the Word of God and understand that it was my sin and your sin that Christ had to die for my heart aches, yet at the same time my heart rejoices at the knowledge that Jesus would love me and you so much that He would die for us. That's the sweet part, that's the Good News of the Gospel, beloved; Jesus Christ came and laid down His perfect life for a sinner like me and a sinner like you. We have reason to rejoice today knowing our sins are forgiven because of Jesus Christ. 

Don't just mourn your sins today, loved one, rather, rejoice instead that you be or that you are Born Again, that your name is written in heaven! If you aren't a Christian and you read this today know that God mourns for you and as those who love Jesus do too. Yes, friend, God mourns as do believers all around the world for those who have not (YET) experienced the love of God found in Jesus Christ.

We mourn because we don't want people to miss heaven. I like a bumper sticker I saw that said, "Friends Don't; Let Friends Miss Heaven." Yet, maybe we mourn the most knowing that once we too were lost in the world and we know so well the emptiness of a life without Christ that we want nothing more than to see this world reconciled to God through the Word of God that became flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ! We want everyone we meet to enjoy heaven one day. 

Is your life is full of tears today because this world has left you broken and empty? If so, I beg you by the mercies of God to give your life to God as a living sacrifice. Surrender your heart to Jesus and give Him your sorrow and allow Him to exchange it for joy, lasting joy! Allow God to turn your brokenness into blessing! He can, He does, and He will!

"I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."

Luke 15:7


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