In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith talks about some of the broken things mentioned in the Bible and how God has used those things to bring healing.  Here are some excerpts:

Broken Things

We read this morning three New Testament stories about broken things; and looked at through the windows of human experience, they speak of disappointment and defeat. As we prepare now to approach once again the Table of the Lord, we would do well to discover the message which these three broken things bring to us. “Their nets broke”: “She broke the jar”: “This is My body… broken for you.”…

The Broken Nets

Humanly speaking, the breaking of the nets was a tragedy, but God used that experience to bring Peter to his knees in repentance and faith, and along with his friends James and John, to become our Lord’s disciple, leaving everything to follow Him. We know how this trio became our Lord’s inner circle of friends, and ultimately outstanding leaders in the early church. Even though the nets broke, great blessing was the net result because, you see, spiritual gain can come out of material loss…

The Broken Jar

So it was with the breaking of the jar. The world thought it had crushed Mary.  But the world’s misunderstanding of Mary only led to her richer understanding of her Lord. The sneers of her detractors were eclipsed by the appreciation in His smile. The hostile world only succeeded in driving her closer to Him, and that was triumph!…

His Broken Body

And so it is with the broken body of the Lord. His enemies imagined that when He breathed His last on Calvary, that was the end. But in fact, it was only the glorious beginning… At Calvary God took the very stuff of sin, this hellish deed that killed the Son of God; He has got His hands upon it, and He has compelled it to serve His ends and not the devil’s. He has transformed history’s most infamous crime into the salvation of lost sinners. “Blessed Christ of God — they gave You a Cross and You made it Your throne!” And then the authentication of the victory — the empty tomb on Easter morning.

“Up from the grave He arose.
Jesus, my Savior!”…

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

June 4, 1995

Luke 5:6; Mark 14:3; 1 Corinthians 11:24

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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