Hope for the Broken
We live in a broken world, full of
It is easy to feel broken when you look around and see so much heartache and trauma in our society.
How can we not be overwhelmed?
When we feel the darkness creeping in and taking over, we need to turn our eyes to Jesus and put our hope in the One that has overcome this world. Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ESV
To overcome this world, our Savior experienced this broken world where he faced rejection by his family and friends, was hated by most, was beaten, falsely accused, and crucified. Matthew 27 records his last minutes on the cross in these verses:
“Now, from the sixth hour, there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:45-46 ESV
Let’s examine the significance of these words. The first verse talks about how darkness covered all the land. The sixth hour until the 9th hour was from noon to 3 o’clock. This time was supposed to be when the sun was at its brightest. However, the sun became dark. So many times in the Bible it talks about how nature will be a witness for God even if man doesn’t. I truly think that God was using this darkness to signify how his Light was leaving the world.
Even more powerful than the dark skies are the words that our Savior cried out. We have to remember that Jesus was God; yes, he was a man; however, he was one with God. He cried out, why have you forsaken me? Forsaken according to the Webster dictionary means abandoned or deserted. Jesus, at that moment, felt utterly alone on the cross and apart from God. He willingly did that so that we never have to feel that deep level of brokenness and abandonment.
My friends, the next time when darkness threatens to overtake us and the brokenness of this world overwhelms us; we need to remember to sit at the feet of our Savior and give it all to Him. He knows your heart, he understands your pain, and He is waiting to comfort you and wrap His loving arms around you and say, “I have you, my Child.”