We are all broken

Sometimes people deny their brokenness and their need for good news. Jesus met some people who rejected his suggestion that they needed his help. He called them blind (John 9:39-41).

If we, however, are honest and perceptive, all of us realize we are broken. Many sources lead to human brokenness. Abuse, injustice or tragedy shatter our dreams. Reeling from the hurt, we might respond with bitterness, faithlessness, grudges or revenge.

Although blessed with God’s bountiful provisions, we might succumb to the temptation to live as though we can build our lives based upon ourselves, this world or others. Pride might swell our hearts with feelings of self-sufficiency and superiority.

Desires and bad choices unleash destructive habits. Lies can distort our attitudes and behavior obscuring from our minds the beautiful purposes and ways God intended for us.

The bottomline is all of us have sinned, thus falling short of God’s glory. And until we are whole, we might live in denial, despair or attempt to achieve wholeness through the created order.

Contrary to our expectations about holiness, Jesus befriends us in our brokenness. He welcomes us in the midst of our pain and while we realize that we are not the people we should be. Nearly two millennia ago when Jesus chose to eat and fellowship with both those possessing sinful reputations as well as with those denying their need (Luke 15:2; 7:36), Jesus showed that he cares about all of us, regardless of what has broken us.

Jesus came to help all of us, because all of us are broken. If we will acknowledge that we are blind and in need of help, the Son of Man promises that he will enable us to see (John 9:39).

Jesus is good news for our lives. He brings healing and wholeness for all who will come to him.

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

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