“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18).
It seems like everywhere I turn I am struck with an awareness of brokenness. There are broken marriages, broken families, broken people, broken churches, broken situations, and a broken world. I see the depths and brokenness of my own heart, those struggling around me, and I wonder, “Is this really necessary?” Is brokenness the way to Jesus? Is it the only way?
Webster's dictionary defines brokenness as “reduced to fragments, violently separated into parts, shattered, disrupted, crushed sorrowful.” I don’t know about you, but those words resonate to the deepest recesses of my heart. They speak my language. They demonstrate the hurt. They put words to the pieces that are so shattered. But, my heart can’t linger there too long in the brokenness. I am reminded of Jesus and how he was broken and crushed for me on the cross. His body was beaten and scarred. He was torn from his Father. Their relationship was ruptured. Jesus experienced this kind of brokenness on the cross for me. He was forsaken by his Father in order to save me—to save those who are broken—shattered—those who are crushed in spirit. To embrace our own brokenness is in fact to embrace the very heart of Jesus. Brokenness is the way to Jesus.
Jesus was not afraid of broken people, He did not tell them to go away and get over it. This is actually the very reason why He came. He came for the broken. He wants the broken. He invites us to come; to see; to look; to live; to rest; to be healed; to believe. Our brokenness is an invitation to come to Jesus Himself. Bring your brokenness to the one who was broken for you. Jesus was broken so we could be healed. Jesus came to die so we can live. The broken pieces are part of your story, but your brokenness doesn't define you. Your identity is not wrapped up in your brokenness. Your identity is reconstructed in Jesus. It’s made new. He gives you a new name. No longer are you “broken.” Now you are “healed.” No longer are you “rejected.” You are “my beloved child.” No longer are you “unloved.” You are “loved.” No longer are you “guilty.” You are “not guilty.” No longer are you “sinner.” You are “forgiven.” No longer are you “unrighteous.” You are “righteous”.
So, is brokenness the only way to Jesus? Yes. It’s the only way to true freedom, joy, and redemption. It's okay to not have it all together and to admit you are broken. Jesus can work with “broken.” Jesus invites all of us to come to him in our brokenness. Let Him recreate you. Let him be near you. Let him comfort you. Let him heal you. Let him bind up the broken pieces of your heart.