On Wednesday’s I attend a Bible Study at my local church. It is a small group of ladies from all different walks of faith and life. I usually toss a small snack in my bag to munch on during the session. This week, I grabbed a banana, which was just the way I like it, bright yellow with a hint of green at the stem, and tossed it in my bag. Needless to say, I didn’t eat it so a couple of hours later, I took it out of my bag and placed it back in my fruit bowl. I was shocked to see the banana peel was bruised from being tossed around in my bag. The banana inside the peel was still the same, firm with a little give to it, but the outside was marred with lines and spots. This is how most of us come to the cross…bruised, scarred, tattered, or tossed around.
During a recent sermon at my church, our Pastor was preaching about the Gospel of Mark, chapter five. There was one thing he said that I wrote down in the margin of my Bible which stuck with me: Satan delights in our destruction. A simple, yet powerful truth. In Mark 5:1-20 we read about a man who was so overcome with demons, the unclean spirit called itself Legion. This man was separated from his family and community to live in isolation in the tombs because no one could contain him (Mark 5:4). Satan was driving this man to the point where he was “always crying out and cutting himself with stones.” (Mark 5:5). This man was broken, all he could do was fall to his knees when he saw Jesus. What did Jesus do? He commanded the demons to leave the man then instructed him to, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” (Mark 5:19)
Over the years, on the Feed Your Spirit podcast and at speaking engagements, I have spoken with many people about their brokenness and how they were saved when they were bruised, scarred, tossed around, or had no other hope. However, Jesus knows our hearts and loves us no matter how much Satan has delighted in our destruction. There is a song I have been listening to a lot lately by the artist Plumb titled “Beautifully Broken.” There is a line of the chorus that says, “Even a million scars doesn’t change whose you are; You’re worthy; You’re beautifully broken”. It is such a good reminder for us to not focus on our bumps, bruises, or scars but to focus on “whose we are” because He is the only one who can love us no matter what and can heal us.
Just like my banana, it doesn’t matter what the outside looks like, what matters is on the inside. When I peeled back the bruised layer, the banana inside was perfect, not a mark on it. This is exactly what Jesus does for us, he peels back our layers, our scars, our bruises, to reveal our true identity.