6/8/11

Broken for Us

An old Jewish Proverb suggests, "If God lived on earth, people would break his windows."

The Jews will remember that terrible Kristallnacht ~ the Night of Broken Glass ~ one of a series of attacks when Nazi stormtroopers and Nazi-sympathizing civilians ~ as part of their attempt to make Germany "judenfrei" (Jew free). On November 9, 1938, the Nazi's destroyed buildings in Germany and Austria, leaving the streets littered with smashed windows. The damage to shop windows was estimated at $4 million.

It was a night of horror. Synagogues were ransacked and burned. During the night, 91 Jews were murdered, women were raped, and 30,000 were arrested and sent to camps such as Buchenwald, Dachau, and Sachsenhausen. The broken glass symbolizes the attempt of the Nazis to break the Jewish people.

Yet in spite of all the hatred, the Jewish people live on. There are still those who are intent on destroying Israel, but the Jews' spirit to survive is remarkable, and God has always kept a remnant alive for His glory. The Jewish people are a testimony to God's faithfulness to His covenants.

But, as a Christ-follower, when I read that Jewish proverb, I thought of something else. The first part says, "If God lived on earth." I immediately thought, "God did live on earth ~ in the person of His Son."

LinkAnd when Jesus came, those who hated Him did more than break windows. They beat and lashed His body. They tried to break His will. They scoffed. They spit in His face and mocked the "King." But the enemy never broke Jesus' commitment to do His Father's will (Psalm 40:7; John 4:34; 5:19, 30; 6:38; 8:29; 17:4; Hebrews 10:7; Matthew 26:39).

When we celebrate communion, the bread and wine (or juice) symbolize that, on the cross, our Savior's body was broken and His precious blood shed ~ for us (Matthew 26:28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25).

Jesus' body was broken because He wanted it that way. He came to do the Father's will and redeem us. And He is alive today, glorifying His Father and interceding for us.

Broken for us: the beginning of the New Covenant ~ and we have a covenant-keeping God. Do we understand the significance? Do we forget, in the midst of our temptations, that His sacrifice was costly? God help us to be more thankful, and more concerned about personal purity.

1 comment:

Kay Swatkowski said...

Beautiful reminder of what Jesus did for us. Thanks, Dawn.