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.

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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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