When brokenness becomes a blessing

As I continue to read the gospel accounts of the last week of Christ ministry leading up to the cross and the resurrection, Mark 11-16, I found myself caught up in the brokenness felt by the followers of Christ.

I first read about the brokenness of Mary who came and anointed Jesus with her best perfume and wiped his feet with her hair.  She was broken because of what He was about to endure.

Next I read about the brokenness of Peter, who had boasted that he would never deny the Lord.  However on the night of Christ betrayal he denied him three times.  Mark records his brokenness, “And when he thought about it, he wept,” 14:72.

Finally there was the brokenness in the life of our Lord.  Mark records the betrayal; the mocking; the crown of thorns; and the agony of the cross.  In every scene we see more and more brokenness.

However, I knew, as I read, “Resurrection day is coming!”  No matter how much brokenness I read about, I still looked ahead because of the power of the resurrection.

What amazing truth this is.  Mark records some amazing words concerning the work of Christ in Mk 16.  I have read and preached through this book many times, but today this verse was a blessing, “So then after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God,” 16:19  Wow!!!  Our suffering servant had completed His work of our eternal redemption and now was back home in heaven seated because the work was complete.

Here is the amazing thing, brokenness can become a blessing.  Think about it, no matter how much you are hurting, example of Mary, or how much you have failed, example of Peter, brokenness becomes a blessing because of the work of Christ.

Certainly we do hurt and we do fail, but in the moments embrace the power of the cross!  Take a moment during this week leading up to Easter and praise Him that every brokenness can be a blessing. A recent song writer wrote the following lyrics: “Every blessing you pour out I will turn back to praise. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I leave you with precious word of God, “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,” Col 1:13

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