The Value of Brokenness
2Corinthians 4:1-18 September 28, 2003
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:40-50 (followed by video illustration “Forgiven Much”)
“Therefore” – since we have been given this ministry of glory ---
Why does Paul use ‘mercy’ instead of ‘grace’?
What are some things that could cause us to lose heart? Ans.: sin.
The difference between perish and not perish is veil or unveil.
People are not blinded because they choose to renounce the gospel; rather, they choose to renounce the gospel because they are blind. And they are not blind because they choose to be so, but because Satan has made them so.
“Let light shine out of darkness” reminds of Gideon:
“16 ¶ Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside. 17 "Watch me," he told them. "Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.’" 19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!" 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.” (Judges 7:16-21 NIVUS)
What is like ‘treasure in a clay jar’?
The finest champaign in a tin cup
An Armani suit on a homeless bum
What does it mean to carry the death of Jesus?
V.11: Rom. 8:36
V. 13: Rom. 10:9-10
V. 18: Heb. 11:1
Was Paul a crackpot?
Jesus spit re-creates:
“32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged him to place his hand on the man. 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, <"Ephphatha!"> (which means, "Be opened!"). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.” (Mark 7:32-35 NIVUS)
“22 ¶ They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24 He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” (Mark 8:22-25 NIVUS)
“1 ¶ As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.” (John 9:1-7 NIVUS)
Many Christians are like ‘prima donnas’. They think they are too valuable to be touched.
If Christ (light in John 1) is in you ye is just begging to be revealed. Get busted.
The problem with unbrokenness is spiritual isolation – untouchability.
What came first: darkness or light?
The value of brokenness is brilliance – it is revelation – it is the glory of God.
I think sometimes we need to get reacquainted with how weak we really are so we can truly minister with divine power.
A smoldering wick he will not put out (Mt. 12:20 in context).