A Box of Broken Cookies
You may have guessed by now that my brain functions a bit differently but if you look up the word normal in my Wilson Family Dictionary you might find: “Wilson, Joe Jr – the normal family member” or not.
This morning we were discussing some of the messed up people we see fully engulfed in our nation’s politics and I thought about how when the Creator God created the most perfect man and woman on planet earth (Adam and Eve). They disobeyed God (sinned) who set the punishment for sin – death.
From that point forward God had only broken vessels (cookies) to work with in fulfilling his plan. In our society and culture if we had a box of broken cookies we would just throw them away or toss them out for the birds to eat, then get another box of cookies. In less fortunate cultures or societies that same box of broken cookies would be handed out to feed many mouths and not a scrap would be wasted.
From the time of Adam his descendants populated the earth with nothing but broken cookies. When making the tower of Babel God confused their language and spread across the globe thereby making the name of God known everywhere. During the time of Noah there was wickedness everywhere and God called an old man to build a boat. Not just any boat, it was to be created to exact specifications given by God and I’m sure that this old broken cookie was mocked and ridiculed from the very first day he began building the Ark. As the animals came two by two into the Ark, and then after Noah and his family had entered, God sealed the door shut I wonder how many banged on the door to open and let them in as the rains began to fall from heaven flooding the entire earth leaving nothing alive outside the Ark. This was the only time in the history of man where God tossed out the entire box of broken cookies. As Noah’s family emerging from the Ark they saw a rainbow God placed in the sky to signify never again would he flood the earth.
From the time of Noah until the time of the second Adam (Jesus) there were many broken cookies used by God to accomplish his plan as he demonstrated his love for man and his hatred of sin. A man called Moses led God’s people to freedom and brought from the mountain Ten Commandments from God written in stone. This broken cookie dropped one stone which crumbled on impact or we may have had many more commandments to deal with. Over time there were many vessels (broken cookies) that God used from godless tyrants to God fearing men with power over others who saw themselves as gods and demanded the respect and honor due only to Almighty God who knew that only he could break the cycle of death for sin by sending his son Jesus to earth as a man not to condemn but to save the world from sin.
God chose a virgin who loved him but knew no man to become Jesus’ mother who raised him in the fear and admonition of God. Jesus was not a broken cookie, but lived a life without sin and taught his chosen disciples and others as one with authority, that God’s love for mankind required a sacrifice to pay the price for sin – death. Jesus became that sacrifice as he died on the cross at Calvary, then rose again on the third day victorious over sin and death. Jesus ascended into heaven where he sits on his thrown at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us, God’s broken cookies. Jesus’ disciples taught throughout the known world and traveled to faraway lands telling of God’s love and the way to heaven was through a sin forgiving relationship with Jesus.
Since the days when Jesus walked among men upon the earth the way to heaven has not changed. The way for us broken cookies to be made whole is by claiming salvation through the blood of Jesus.
Have you received forgiveness for your sins?
If not simply pray like this:
“Lord I am a sinner. I know you are God’s only begotten son, who lived a sinless life, died on the cross for my sins and rose again on the third day and you are now sitting on your throne in heaven at the right hand of God. I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse me and purify me by your blood. Amen”
Turn away from sin, find a body of believers who teach the bible is the inspired word of God, that salvation comes through the blood of Jesus and salvation is in no other name. It is not by works but by faith that we are saved. Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean life will become a bed of roses or that trials and tribulations will not come. It means that when they come God is there to hold your hand and stand with you through it all. Baptism is a public declaration, confirming what God has done inside your heart.
When you feel that life isn’t fair just remember that life is like a box of cookies, broken and shattered but nourishment for those willing to pick up the pieces and share. – I am the Real Truckmaster!