Summary: God uses brokeness in our lives when we yeild everything to Him.
No Way Around It.
John 12: 20-28
There were some Greeks in town, who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Phillip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”
Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.
“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moments notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.
“Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this?’ No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.’”
I want to speak to you today on the subject of brokenness.
All of us will face situations that cause us to wonder how in the world we will make it through the experience.
Tommy Lasorda, former coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, once said, "I found that it’s not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don’t care, and the other 20 percent are glad you’re having trouble."
"I learned during my year out of coaching that, regardless of what business you’re in, you’re going to have problems. How you deal with them is what counts. You don’t turn your back on them." - Dan Reeves
We all find different ways to approach the bad things that happen in our lives.
A college student wrote the following letter to her parents:
Dear Mom and Dad:
"I am writing this letter on school paper because my stationary got burned in the fire. I got out of the hospital, and have moved in with my new boyfriend, Bill. He got me a job where he works-I’m a waitress at the Red Dog Saloon. Your new grandbaby is due next fall."
The next page continued . . .
"Mom, Dad, none of the above really happened. However, I made a C in French and I’m failing History.
A couple of weeks ago we read from this chapter and I preached a message on Palm Sunday. In that message I ask the simple questions: Are you a Christ follower or a crowd follower?
On that day in Jesus life, the crowd was shouting his name in praise because they thought He was going to be a King. One week later when they realized he was not going to be a great military conqueror, He became a broken sacrifice hanging on a cross.
What a great question these Greeks ask on this day. “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”
Brokenness is a process and maturity that often originates, with simple curiosity. (Sir, we want to see Jesus.)
Through much of His earthly ministry, Jesus would often say, “My time has not yet come.” On this occasion He says, “My time has come.” Not only had His time come but He was ready to give a lesson.
Can you feel the importance of this moment?
Jesus is on the verge of death.
He is facing a false trial. Lies and innuendos.
He is facing a beating and abuse.
He is facing an execution. (Not the politically correct kind we have today, where you lay on a table and go to sleep.)
He was facing a painful, torturous and bloody execution.
Jesus begins to teach.
He is giving a lesson on life.
Life is going to be filled with times of brokenness and turmoil.
We all will face things and events in our lives that challenge us at our very core.
He uses an illustration.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that
life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.”
Generally speaking, there is no comparison to be made between the value of a diamond and that of a grain of corn., yet all depends on the disposition of the corn. Put both of them away, and at the end of a hundred years the grain of corn will still have no money value, while the diamond’s value, running up into the hundreds or thousands of dollars, will be undiminished. At the end of a thousand years the same thing would be true. But suppose, instead, we bury the grain in the warm, moist earth, and year after year throughout the centuries let it go on producing and reproducing. In that time it will have produced a store that the whole earth could hardly contain. Its production represents a money value that makes the diamond’s price not more than an atom in comparison. To save the grain of corn would have been to lose all it was capable of producing.