Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Preparing to be Broken
Matthew 26:25


Rev Abraham Kuruvilla
Princeton Theological Seminary
As a kid I really loved the yummy cakes that my mom baked. After baking she would keep it safe away from my reach knowing that I will be quick to finish it and there will be nothing left for the guest or for others. One fine day when she had gone out I figured my way through the hiding place of the cake and got to it. I ate three or four pieces on a trot, well truly, five at least and I kept the cake pieces in the exact same positions as they were stacked. When the next time my mom happened to take the cake pieces for all of us, she looked surprised at the way the cake pieces were stacked up. Then she gave me a look right to my eyes. I thought in my mind “surely you don’t mean me, mummy?”
Those are the words that we utter when we know that we have done wrong and we are trying to hide the wrong that we have done. These were the sinister words of Judas who tried to cover up his tracks of 30 silver coins of betrayal. It is sinister because the thing at stake was a trust, a bond, a fellowship. It is sinister because we know that we have done wrong and we are prepared to cover up the wrong and present ourselves as true before others. There have been many a time in our life where we were on this very sinister track. Doing a wrong and covering up the wrong and pretending as if nothing is wrong.
Brokenness demands from us a commitment to expose our sinister motives and mentalities. Have we ever thought that when Jesus said the words “Do what you have to do” to Judas (John 13: 27), Jesus would have meant Judas to repent of his sinister motives. Now surely since our Lord came with the message of salvation He would have not meant otherwise. Yet Judas instead of repenting revelled in his sinister schemes. If we don’t give into the brokenness of the Lord, we will break part by part until it breaks our very soul and spirit. In Judas case he met with suicide. But if we are prepared to be broken by the Lord it will bring us salvation. In the case of Peter this is what happened. Peter also said the very words of Judas but in a different vein. Afterwards, he was broken, but it was the brokenness of God which led to his salvation. Are you ready to be broken by the Lord?
THE BROKENNESS OF THE LORD BREAKS US, MOLDS US AND MAKES US IN THE IMAGE OF CHRIST

PRAYER

Lord break me even though I cannot take it, so that I will know the brokenness of the cross which You took for me so that I will be made in You day by day.

PRAYER

Lord break me even though I cannot take it, so that I will know the brokenness of the cross which You took for me so that I will be made in You day by day.