Today is Good Friday. As I have so gently reminded my children, the goodness in today came after we understood the price that had been paid for us. Otherwise, there was nothing particularly good about this day. It was filled with pain and suffering for a broken world.
Brokenness. Recently I was sitting around a table and a common theme that was shared concerned brokenness. Some of us were broken (most of us have been at some point in our lives) and many of us were doing our best to bring the healing light of Jesus to others who have been broken inside the church. Sadly, many of our stories were not about people who have been hurt by the world, but more often than not, the church has not been the place of healing, love and restoration that it should be in Christ, but it has spoken a voice of rejection or condemnation to those who are a precious part of the Body.
How do you speak hope to those who have been hurt by the church?
With that same group of people at the table, one man reminded us of the last miracle that Jesus performed before His crucifixion. Remember Jesus in the garden with His followers? Remember that hot-tempered disciple, Peter (who would be drastically transformed on the day of Pentecost but at this moment was still operating on his own)? Peter, who was most likely aiming to cut off the soldiers entire head, cuts off an ear trying to prevent the arrest of Jesus.
What did Jesus do?
He picks up that ear and puts it back on. He heals the soldier. Or as the wise man at the table reminded us…Jesus heals what one of His followers has messed up.
It really isn’t a new thing that Jesus’ followers are messing up stuff and Jesus has to intervene on His own behalf. Today, we are encouraged to become the healing agent that Jesus uses today to fix the messes that His followers are still making.
Today, this Good Friday, this reminds me to keep myself in check. Am I becoming less of myself and more of Him? Am I sharing the love and light of Jesus within the body of Christ. Can I be a healing agent for what the church has broken?
The goodness of today is the hope that comes on Sunday. Jesus is victorious over sin and death. He is the life-giver and the gentle healer. He is the restorer, making all things new.
My prayer is that this Passover season is not just a time to wear new clothes and hunt down eggs. Let this be a time of renewal in Christ. May it be a season of examination to become more like Him. And may all that I do and say be a reflection of the great gift that was given me in His resurrection. May He use me to heal the brokenness of His people.