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Everybody's Broken
by Chris Surber
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I have two fairly untamed, high-spirited, and adorable little boys taking up residence with Christina and me. While it is they who have invaded and conquered my life, my home, and my heart, often it feels as though I live in their house! I never cease to be amazed at their ability to “restore” my home to their preferred grubby state, only moments after their devoted mother has cleaned it. Indeed, my four and two year old, are well on their way to owning their own demolition business!

Recently, the “wolf pack” (as I refer to them) was thirsty, after a morning of decorating the fire place with stickers, wrestling with one another, and smiling cutely, so that all would be forgiven. I went to the cupboard to gather a straw cup for to older child and a tumbler cup for the younger. As I poured juice into the first cup I noticed that the cup was cracked and leaking. I was rather surprised to learn that the same was true of the second cup.

Upon inspecting nearly every child’s cup in the cabinet, my wife and I realized that nearly a third of the cups, or the straws for them, had cracks and leaks of varying degrees. Apparently these two little happy-maniacs had managed to render a significant amount of their cups inoperable. In the moment it seemed to me as though every cup was broken. They were rendered less than perfectly usable by the rough use of my well intentioned but rambunctious sons. How much like those cups are we?

The world around us can be wildly untamed. The people in our lives, though often well intentioned, drop us, spill us out on the pavement, throw us, or absentmindedly leave us behind when something more amusing catches their eye. We all have cracks. Some are emotional. A few are psychological. Many are spiritual. Some of our cracks even bear witness to the world of our internal pain through the blatancy of external scars. We are all broken.

In John 2:1-11 is recorded the account of Jesus turning the water into wine. This is the first recorded miracle of Jesus in the gospel accounts. It is basically a private miracle. John 2:9-10 make it clear that those who drank the wine were not aware of what Jesus had done. In fact, they praised the bridegroom for bringing out the best wine last! The Bible records that a major part of the importance of the miracles of Jesus was to confirm His identity. (John 10:25)

Why then did Jesus perform this miracle, at least in some sense, privately? The answer is found in verse 11. “This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.” (John 2:11 NIV) In turning the water into wine Jesus did approve the institution of marriage. Perhaps this miracle also contains a teaching about the joy of the new wine, the new life, which has come through faith in Jesus Christ. While these and other interpretations of this miracle have merit, a plain reading of the text tells us that this miracle was chiefly for the disciples. It was for them to see the glory of Jesus and fittingly, to place their faith in Him.

Just like the cups in my cabinet, all of us are at some point, to some extent, to varying degrees, just like those disciples of Jesus; in need of the personal miracle of Jesus. Just like those disciples, we are all desperately in need of seeing Jesus for who He is. He is glorious! He is marvelous! His beauty and matchless worth are too great for our minds to comprehend. The truth of it is too vast for our hearts to bear!
We are all in need of continued and ongoing healing. Salvation places us perfectly in Christ but we still reside in this world. The hands of this world still routinely rough us up with careless throws, inadvertent drops, and even intentional spills. Jesus stands ready to heal all who will receive the truth of who He is. Dear unbeliever, won’t you trust in the one who loves you enough to lay down His life for you? Dear Christian, why do you toil so? Why do you carry burdens that are not yours to bear on your own? (Mathew 11:28-30)

In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (NIV) Jesus stands able, present, willing, even longing to transform our brokenness and sorrow. If we place our faith in Him, He will redeem our disappointment. He will use it for God’s ultimate glory and our ultimate good. Insomuch as we find our ultimate satisfaction in glorifying Him!

Dear child of God, we are all broken. Recognition of this reality helps us to love, and not judge, one another. We are all in need of grace. Acknowledgment of our brokenness is not a weakness, as some perceive weakness. It is the gift of God. It is only when we recognize how deep our need is that we will fully realize how vast His love for us is! “No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39 NET) Amen.

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