Friday, February 7, 2020

An Offering for Sin (Sermon February 2, 2020)

Going Deeper
By Pat Russell

“An Offering for Sin” –  Isaiah 53:7-12
Pastor Bruce Spear, February 2, 2020

Today as you re-read this passage, recall how the word pictures of Isaiah are descriptions of Jesus.  Go to one of the Gospels and re-read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.  Allow yourself to become aware of what both your head (thoughts, ideas, pictures) and your heart (feelings, emotions, movement of your spirit) are telling you.
The brokenness of Jesus is depicted here in phrase after phrase.  Read this quote given to us from Susan Leonard.  Consider how His brokenness and your brokenness are woven together.  How might you offer your brokenness to Him?
“Maybe the love gets in easier when the heart is broken open. Maybe our hearts are meant to be broken. Broken open. Broken free. Maybe the deepest wounds birth the deepest wisdom.
"The seed breaks to give us the wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop, the sky breaks to give us the rain, the wheat breaks to give us the bread.  And the bread breaks to give us the feast. There was even an alabaster jar that broke to give Him all the glory. Never be afraid of being a broken thing.
"God sees the broken as the best and He sees the best in the broken and He called the wounded to be the world changers. 
"Wounds are what break open the soul to plant the seeds of a deeper growth.”

Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way – A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

By Pat Russell as follow-up to the sermon.
Please feel free to email me to express your thoughts and experience with this passage.

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