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“Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.'”
Broken But Beautiful
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Despite feeling like it was already months ago, we are still celebrating Easter in the church. Year after year, on the Sunday after Easter, we hear the same story, of the disciples hiding in a locked room and Jesus coming to them to show them he is really alive, he really is risen.
And then one guy isn’t there, and says he won’t believe via word of mouth, he wants to see it for himself.
Who hasn’t felt that way before? Who hasn’t wanted Jesus to show up in some tangible way in their lives?
Thomas gets a bad rap but he is a lot like us… unsure, wanting proof, questioning what he’s heard. We do this same thing after Easter. We wonder if God’s grace is big enough for all of our brokenness, all of our doubt, all of our skepticism, all of our sinfulness. Jesus showing up to the disciples is a stark reminder that yes, it really is all true. No matter what we think, Jesus gets the last word.
And today he reminds us that Love Wins.
But, despite being known as the doubter, I think Thomas actually gets something really big about the resurrection. When he asks to see Jesus, he doesn’t ask for the perfect, shiny, unbroken Jesus. He asks to touch Jesus in the nail marks, and put his hand into Jesus’ side where the spear struck him. Thomas gets the reality of resurrection.It doesn’t erase the past. But something is transformed.
There’s a Japanese art form called Kintsugi, where a broken pot is repaired by filling the cracks with gold. The belief is that while the pottery is fixed, it is more beautiful for being broken. (read more about the history of Kintsugi HERE)
Jesus is risen but his scars are still present. It is the same with us. On Easter, Jesus came into the broken places in our lives and filled in the cracks with grace and love.
And despite being made whole, we are more beautiful for being broken. Jesus is repairing and redeeming the world, piece by piece. Starting with you.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Ernest Hemingway once said that “the world breaks everyone, but afterward many are strong in the broken places” What do you think about this quote?
2. Where are the places you have been most broken?
3. How might God be calling you to go into the world and serve out of your broken places?
After Jesus has come to see the disciples, he reminds them that they are to do more than just celebrate that he is risen. We’ve done that part. Now it’s time to go. Go and tell what God has done in your life. (In case you need the reminder, watch THIS.)
Now, Go. Go!