The older I get and the more people I meet, the more cognizant I am of how broken we all are. From the biblical perspective, our fallenness and finitude has resulted in the fragmentation and fragility of life, both individually and societally. In the book of Genesis, we read that we were created in the image of God. However, because of the Fall, that image has been distorted and damaged–but (by the grace of God) not destroyed.
There came a moment in my life when I realized the depths of darkness in my heart, and the light of the good news of Jesus exposed my false confidence, my fraudulent morality and my fake self. A once fanatical and deeply religious man named Saul (Paul) found this out too when he encountered the risen Jesus: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6; ESV)
But Paul is quick to remind us that “we have this treasure in jars of clay” (2 Cor 4:7; ESV) for even though our ruined image can be redeemed through our encounter with Jesus, full restoration is a process. We remain fragile jars of clay until “our dying bodies … be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.” (1 Cor. 15:53; NLT)
“There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”