Last night I shared in communion with some friends. As a result, this morning I continue to remember that Jesus’ body was broken for me. A phrase comes to mind, that He who knew no brokenness became broken on my account. I knew this was reminiscent of a scripture, but not an exact quote. 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
It states that Jesus became sin on our behalf not that He became broken on our behalf.
What is the meaning of broken? A definition might read: a past participle of break which is to be reduced to fragments; fragmented, ruptured; torn; fractured, not functioning properly; out of working order, infringed or violated: a broken promise is a betrayal of trust.
When we betray God and sin all of the other things listed in this definition of ‘broken’ are sins’ result. It is an extrapolation that can be defended.
Let me tell you the story of what God did about it.
Matthew 14:19 And He instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He spoke a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples to the people.
John 6:30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread out of heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
Luke 22 : 19 And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
Scholars argue that His legs were not physically broken as was custom to hasten a death by crucifixion. He was spiritually broken because His intimacy with His Father was fractured, smashed in pieces, when He became sin on our behalf.
As the impression I had from the Spirit this morning, He became brokenness..
Psalm 51:16 For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
He did not despise our brokenness to the point of becoming broken Himself.
We despise it today, though. We see brokenness as weakness.
To acknowledge that we are fractured, that we do not function properly, that we are out of working order, is the place where we can begin to receive from God. When life can start.
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