As we were decorating the Christmas tree this year, I watched in horror as an ornament tumbled off of the tree, landed on the carpet, and broke. It was a special ornament because it was a gift from grandma. I’m extremely sentimental. I’m amazed that I didn’t cry, but my heart was heavy because I knew that the ornament was never going to be the same again.
My husband said he would try to glue the ornament back together, so I picked up the pieces and placed them in my bookcase. One day as I walked past the broken pieces, I realized that it was a symbol of the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus came to this world because we’re all broken. He wants to put our broken pieces back together and give each of us a new life. Jesus looks at our brokenness and He says “I can fix that.”
Each of our girls have an ornament like the one that was broken. I had no idea how I was going to decide which one of the girls would get the broken ornament. One day Mikayla walked past the ornament and said “Daddy’s gonna fix MY ornament.” I asked her “You want the broken ornament to be yours?” She said “Yes, it’s MY ornament.” I wondered what went on in her mind that made her want the broken ornament. Most of us look at something that is broken and it has less value than something that is not broken. Mikayla saw value in that which was broken. Does she know that sometimes people look at her and they think that she is broken? I believe that she knows that she is valuable even in the midst of her brokenness. Jesus looks at us, just like Mikayla looked at the ornament, and He sees value in that which is broken.
Brett glued the ornament back together and it’s new again. When Jesus comes into our life, He does the same thing. He mends our broken hearts, He heals our hurts, and He makes us new again.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
~ II Corinthians 5:17 ~
If I look really hard, I can see that the ornament was once broken, but it’s still beautiful. This is true for our lives as well. People may look at us and remember that we were once broken. But they will also see that Jesus is able to take our broken life and make something beautiful out of it.
A change in our circumstances this past week gave me a small glimpse of another reason that Jesus came to this world. My husband was sent home from work and within 3 days we were sitting in the hospital waiting for him to have surgery. A nurse took me to see him before they started the surgery. I have never seen my husband in a hospital bed, and it was pretty upsetting. I held his hand and I told him that I would take his place if I could. If the doctors and nurses had come and said that they were taking me to surgery so that my husband wouldn’t have to go, I would have done it. I would do that for him because I love him.
God loves each of us so deeply that He sent his Son, Jesus to the cross to take our place. Jesus was without sin, yet He went to the cross and died for the sins of the whole world. That kind of love is truly amazing.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins ~ I John 4:10 ~
I’m so thankful this Christmas season that Jesus came to fix our brokenness and that He loves us enough to take our place. Jesus is the best gift that we will ever receive. May each and everyone of you experience the joy that only He can bring.