We mostly try to avoid wounds but there is an opportunity wounds reveal that transcends what could possibly have ensued had you never been broken. There is a reason Christ emphasizes again and again that he was dead and is now alive. It is as though the biggest thing about Him is that He died and that is where the hosts of darkness miscalculated. For them, brokenness is terminal but in truth, brokenness opens new vistas of glory.
Christ’s death, Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was a mortal wound that raised many to glory because God capitalizes on wounds to reveal what we can only describe as redeeming grace, simply because we lack words for it. It transcends redemption in the ordinary sense. Even the Angels are stunned, as Peter tells us. There is a glory that would never have been known to the universe and its inhabitants had Adam not fallen.
This timeless truth was manifested in Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. God switches to a higher gear when He meets brokenness. Christ does not restore us to where we were before the fall but far beyond our original estate. When God meets brokenness, you become grateful that you were broken and wounded. Your story becomes not one in which you thrive in spite of your brokenness but one in which you thrive in greater measure, because you were broken. Just as for want of a better way of putting it, Christ parades His wounds for all to see for eternity, your wounds no longer become something to hide or be ashamed of but something to celebrate. They become your testimony, your qualification, your barge of honor.
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain…” sang the four beasts and twenty four elders. And “worthy is the lamb that was slain…” said the Angels. He is worthy because He was slain, because He was bruised, because He was broken. His brokenness not just His Sonship, is what earned Him the right to mediate between God and man.
If you are wounded or incapacitated in any way, you should celebrate, as it is written, “sing O barren for more are your children” even if they are yet to arrive.
When Grace meets your brokenness, you are not merely restored. You become much better for having been broken. Christ shows up in Revelation as a slain Lamb, not by accident but for a reason. Being slain, being wounded, being broken opens the door to a grace that not only overwhelms brokenness but like a master artist, transforms brokenness into such beauty that would have remained hidden had you not been broken.
This truth is hidden in Jesus’ statement to Paul, “my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say something only a man with deep understanding of this mystery says, “I would much rather therefore glory in my weaknesses for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Why? My weakness is not compensated for by strength on my level but overcompensated by an order of strength that infinitely transcends human capability.
If your wounds or deficiencies limit or stop you, then you have not met Grace. When you meet Grace, they become the reason you actually thrive in greater measure than you would have had you not been broken, had you been capable.
This is Grace and it is the biggest thing about Christ, the most fathomless thing about God. The One thing that keeps me forever in awe of the One with whom we have to do. This, like every blog post here is not written from my head. This is my very experience, my story, my song.