Broken

READ: Luke 20:9-18

Key Verse: Luke 20:17-18

Last week In the Good Morning Girls Bible Study that I am participating in, we read Luke 20:9-18 and in these verses Jesus shares a parable relating to His death. He is also telling people that He is the Stone which the builders rejected. He is the Stone that became our Cornerstone.

Verses 17 & 18 read:

Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.’

“Whoever falls on that stone will be broken;

“But on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

What really stands out to me in this verse is “Whoever falls on that stone will be broken.”

Have you ever considered who it is that falls on that Stone?

We are. We are the ones who fall on the Stone.

If you are a follower of Christ, then you have fallen on the Stone and you will be broken.

I have noticed through the years that when many people accept the gift that Jesus offers us–salvation by grace through faith–that they believe that from that moment forward their  lives are going to be perfect.

But they won’t be.

Jesus tells us in this passage that whoever falls on Him will be broken. We will have hard times, hurts, and sufferings.

But there is also another promise in this.

He is our Cornerstone, our Support, our Rock that we can rest upon and cling to when we are broken…because we are broken.

Have you ever fallen or tripped or lost your balance? What happens? You cling to or rest against whatever you have fallen against.

I have a history of falling and breaking things. I have broken an arm and a leg. Twenty years ago, I slipped and fell. When I fell, I broke my leg.

(Did a bang up job of it too. I broke both bones & one break was a compound fracture. I have 5 fractures in my ankle as well, and I tore the ligaments in my knee.)

When I fell, I didn’t get up right away. I rested for awhile where I fell until help came.

I have noticed that when I fall I always do 2 things:

1) I always break something. Even if it is just my pride, something always gets broken. My pride, my skin, my leg, my arm…something.

2) I always rest on or cling to what I have fallen against. Think about it…don’t you usually take a moment to rest, to check and see if you are hurt anywhere before getting up and moving on.

You see, I believe that in this passage Jesus is telling us His followers 3 things that He wants us to understand.

1) He is our Cornerstone.

2) When we fall on Him, we will be broken.

3) When we are broken, we can rest on Him.

And while it is painful to be broken, it is part of the world we live in and part of the molding process that we go through to become the person that we are meant to be.

God allows us to be broken so that we will cling to Him and so that He can shape us into the person He sees.

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