Life is Not a Mess

The stone the builders rejected
Laid to ransom a fractured bride
A crushing weight on Your shoulders
We stand forever with arms stretched wide
– Hillsong Music, Mountain

I read a lot on the Internet about mess. The church is a mess. Marriage a mess. Life is a mess. A beautiful mess. But still a mess. And these thoughts come from Christians.

I have a problem with this theology. Jesus laid down His life for a fractured bride. Past tense. She is no longer broken but victorious.

Earlier this year my son fractured his elbow. It was supposed to be a textbook break and heal easily. It didn’t. He underwent two operations to get his arm working again. And it wasn’t cheap. I am not complaining. Of course you spend how ever much it takes to make your son better, but there was a price.

We did not pay for operations by a top orthopaedic surgeon for his elbow to remain fractured. My husband and I paid the price so he would be healed. And he is. Today, all you see is a scar. His elbow is completely whole again.

Jesus ransomed a fractured bride for a price. His life. Jesus gave His life freely for the world – you do anything for your bride. But He did not do it for her to remain fractured. He did not die for your life to remain a mess, even a beautiful one.

I have come so you might have life in a mess. (John 10:10) No, life in abundance.

You may look in the mirror and see a fractured life, a fractured bride. We have days like that. But it is not you. Behold, He makes all things new. (Revelation 21:5) You are new. The stone the builders rejected (Psalm 118:22) has not rejected you. He loves you, loves you with never ending love.

You can forever stand with arms stretched wide in worship because your life is not a mess. It is not changing from mess to beautiful mess, but glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18) Jesus paid the price for your health, your deliverance. You are healed. You are whole.

More about Sarah Coleman

Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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