May a Broken God Be Known…
Yesterday, we released a EP called Looking for a Savior. (Surprise:) Thanks to the magic of the internet, anyone with wifi could listen to it around the world.
I had the thought to respond to a question that keeps coming up…the meaning behind this line:
“May a broken God be known within the earth beneath our feet. May our souls behold humility.” — Looking for a Savior by Will Reagan
(Now I can’t fully speak for Will as he wrote the song, but seeing as he’s on a family vacation this week, I’ll give it a crack)
One of the things that’s so amazing about Jesus is he’s both Lion & Lamb. The bible is full of these paradoxes because (thankfully) human language can’t perfectly describe God in his fullness. We wrestle with the tension that God is both______ & ________ simultaneously. For example; Jesus is fully GOD & fully HUMAN.
So at the same time, we could sing…
“May a victorious God be known, seated in the heavenlies.” and it be absolutely true and worth singing about. “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.
There’s lots of songs about this, as their should be.
But we haven’t been writing a ton of songs like this lately. I think its because in this season our community is increasingly coming face-to-face with the pain of the human existence. The trials, the tears, the fears that come from living. We know Jesus is still seated at the right hand of the Father. That he’s good. That he’s loving. But it doesn’t stop the feelings of loss & sadness. Embrace the tension, right?
And so the humility of Jesus, the son of God that took the broken frame of man, starts to bring peace & truth in totally new ways. That’s where our latest songs off our EP came from…
For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!
Jesus, who became broken on our behalf, lavishly extends “the sympathy of heaven” — He knows what we’re going through. He’s not millions of miles away. He’s in the dirt with us. He’s in the mess. And that is good news.