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Unbelievably Unbreakable, Huh?

I was combing through an old purse and I found a comb which had the words : “unbreakable” embossed on the side. I thought, Yep…it still has all of it’s teeth. Then, a hair-brained thought broke into my childish brain…”Is it really unbreakable? How unbreakable is it?” So, I tried to bend it. Just as I was thinking: “Wow…it is unbreakable,”—it broke!

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Do you ever do that (or is it just me)? Do you test things out? No, I don’t purposely drop bowls on the floor to see if they will break, but I like to test the validity of some claims. There are some things out there claiming to be true, which really need disclaimers. I am so glad that my God…Jesus Christ…is what He claimed to be…the one true God…full of grace and truth. He broke the chains of sin that enslaved us, and brought us freedom through dying on the cross for our sins, and coming back to life again! He is amazingly and believably unbreakable!

I generally like to play by the rules, and I try not to break them. I don’t really feel that rules are made to be broken. However, I am a person who does break some rules. Why?…because I am human, clumsy, and imperfect. Sin can so easily be rationalized by anyone. The only good in me is Jesus. Jesus, the Holy and Perfect One, is the only one who ever lived that did not break even one of the ten commandments.

However, we (as adults) sometimes forget that these “rules” are put into place for our own safety and protection. My three-year-old son (Bradley) knew we had a rule about not standing on tables, yet he broke the rule. Somehow, he felt at liberty to stand on the table, holding his torch high, because after all, he was trying to be the Statue of Liberty (yes, never mind that he thought the Statue was a “she”, and he was more like the “tempest-tost” toddler…). Poor little guy—unfortunately, when he broke the rule, he also broke his elbow!

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How many times have I written about times of falling down—in my blog alone? This thought has really brought me humbly falling down at the feet of Jesus. The Son of God had not one broken bone. The soldiers did not break His legs (John 19:33  “But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:” and so prophecy was again fulfilled—Psalm 34:20  “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”). I find that fact amazing, as I have had many broken bones, and one of my boys has had two! I really picture Jesus as such a graceful boy and man. I can’t even imagine Him falling down…ever…or scraping his knee.

Yet, His body was broken for us (1Co 11:24  “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, ‘Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me..’ “). He was gracious to take our sin on Him because of our fall (“In Adam’s fall, we sinned all”). Wait, now that I think about it, He did fall…Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Wow. It is my will that really needs to be broken. What a prayer for me!

Now, let me ask a question: Did Jesus fall when He was carrying the cross? I have always thought that Jesus fell when He was carrying His cross. The truth is that I don’t know for sure if He did or not. I just looked it up, and it is not stated in any of the gospel accounts of His crucifixion (see end note). That is the power of a movie, I guess. It might could be inferred, but the truth of the matter is that it does not state that he fell down. When He was crucified, His skin was broken and bleeding; His hair was pulled out—broken; His Spirit was broken, and ultimately His human body broke down (quit functioning), and He died.

I am sure this absolutely broke His Father’s heart, but…His (Jesus’) brokenness allowed the power of sin (and it’s penalty: death) to be broken. God the Father did not break His covenant (Psalm 89:34  “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”). This was “Operation Redemption”, and all part of His plan. He is a covenant keeper. I am a covenant breaker and consequently…His heart breaker, too.

I rejoice in the knowledge of this truth: Psalm 147:3  “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Jesus is in the business of repairing things. After He broke the power of sin and death—He arose! I’ll never forget when my son Benjamin would sing a little song about what Jesus said right before He ascended into heaven. He was supposed to sing: “I go to prepare a place for you…”; Instead, it came out: “I go to repair a place for you…” What a profound thought!

I am so thankful He does repair so many things, including my deceitful heart (Jer 17:9  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”)! And, I love that He is near to the broken-hearted. I am so thankful I am His child; and when I fall, I have a God who picks us up, and keeps me there ( Psalm 94:18  “When I said, ‘My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.”). May I always keep my eyes on Him (keep finding Him in the Scriptures)…and looking upward. But, don’t worry… I’m speaking figuratively here. For my safety, I will make sure to occasionally look down when I am walking (and to not walk in darkness, but in the light)!

Gospel Account’s of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ:

  • Matthew 27:32  “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.”
  • Mark 15:20-21  “And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.”
  • John 19:16-18  “Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified…And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”
  • Luke 23:26  “And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”

One Response to “Unbelievably Unbreakable, Huh?”

 
  1. CHARLES AND BERNICE Says:

    A beautiful sermon, Christy. Gramma will be reading it at Easter time to the Ladies Circle – and maybe church service.

    Love, Charles

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