We have this good news to share: Jesus Christ was broken for our brokenness!! Paul said that every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the greatest of all Thanksgiving meals, we “proclaim Christ’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26). We proclaim His brokenness!
But if I’m not willing to be a broken person, how can I ever share this news with my broken neighbors, the broken nations, and the broken next generation?! “It is our brokenness, perhaps even our willingness to be broken, that holds the key to whatever it is we have to share” (Robert Benson, Living Prayer, page 42).
John Piper explains how the New Testament confirms this truth:
“[Paul] says that it is his own sufferings that fill up Christ’s afflictions. ‘I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.’ This means, then, that Paul exhibits the sufferings of Christ by suffering himself for those he is trying to win. In his sufferings they see Christ’s sufferings. Here is the astounding upshot: God intends for the afflictions of Christ to be presented to the world through the afflictions of His people. God really means for the body of Christ, the church, to experience some of the suffering He experienced so that when we proclaim the Cross as the way to life, people will see the marks of the Cross in us and feel the love of the Cross from us. Our calling is to make the afflictions of Christ real for people by the afflictions we experience in bringing them the message of salvation” (Desiring God, pp. 269-270).
There are two ways that the brokenness of Jesus is proclaimed until He comes: when His Body breaks bread and when His Body is broken.
[This post is adapted from the sermon “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Shared”]