Hope for a Broken World

By Kathryn Day

Fire hydrants gushing out water, orange caution signs placed haphazardly in the road, large craters in the asphalt, and city work trucks have all been a common sight in my neighborhood over the past several weeks and months. On many occasions I have found myself having to suddenly dodge large holes in the road or find a new route home due to a new and unexpected road problem that wasn’t there hours before. (We live in Belhaven, have you guessed?!) And I suppose all those road problems also help explain why half of the doors in our home won’t close (or open!) and why there are cracks in the walls in every room of our house!

Our world is broken. I’m sure you see evidences of it in your family too – stomach viruses, car tires with slow leaks, flight delays, cancer, heart attacks, strained family relationships, trouble learning math facts, arguments over what’s for breakfast. The list could go on and on. ALL of us – our families, our homes, our neighborhoods, our world – we’re all broken. The saying, “If it’s not one thing, it’s the next,” is so true. Once one “pothole” in life gets fixed, another one pops up! Life in a fallen world will always be life in a broken world. The effects of sin can be seen everywhere and in everyone.

For every family, this Christmas holiday will surely be filled with evidences of a world stained by sin. Mixed in with all the smiles, presents, and Christmas cookies are guaranteed to be times of sadness, disappointment, and frustration. But in the midst of the brokenness, be encouraged! Christmas reminds us of the lengths God will go for His people to deliver us from the effects of sin. In Jesus, God willingly entered into our broken world, to redeem our broken world, by Himself being broken. Isaiah 53:5: “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”

Redemption was costly. Saving His people and restoring His world from the curse of sin required that God Himself be broken in order that we might be “fixed.” Our hope amidst the brokenness around us lies in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became Man, who suffered the ultimate effects of the punishment of sin that all who rest and trust in Him alone might find “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” The glory that awaits the Christian is heaven – the New Jerusalem where there will be brokenness no more! So this Christmas season as you continue to experience life in a fallen, broken world, direct your gaze toward Jesus – the baby who entered our brokenness and who, out of a great love for broken sinners, was broken for us that we might have the hope of heaven.