Praise From a Bruised Reed

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about plants. I spend a lot of time with them and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s they’re delicate.

Today, I transplanted tiny basil plants outside. A few of them grew together and it fell upon me to separate them. I broke the soil blocks and gently pulled them apart, careful not to bruise the fragile root system.

So when my pastor spoke from the book of Matthew, about Jesus not breaking a bruised reed, I could relate.

The passage found in Matthew 12 is a quote from the Old Testament book of Isaiah 42:1-3

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my Spirit upon him;

he will bring forth justice to the nations.

2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

or make it heard in the street;

3 a bruised reed he will not break,

and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

he will faithfully bring forth justice.”

What is a reed anyway? It’s like a big piece of  injured grass. Woodwind instruments use reeds as mouthpieces. But they’re not bruised.

A bruised reed is useless.

But not to Jesus.

Oodles have been written about this passage, but what engaged my thinking was how compassionate Christ was. Just like I tried to treat my little basil plants with tender-loving-care, Jesus treats people with that same care.

People who are over-looked, down-trodden, and abused. Jesus cares about them. He notices them. He loves them. He died for them and offers them forgiveness.

He cares about bruised reeds like you and like me. People who have no ability to save themselves. People who are weak and know it.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

My pastor finished his Sunday message with this, “One day, when we get to heaven, praise and honor and glory to our Lord and Savior will be blown by those of us who are bruised reeds.”

Are you broken? Down-hearted. The doorway to heaven is open to humble people. People who know they need a Savior.

I’m going to finish with another passage from John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

We can’t limp into heaven without Christ. We must bow before Him in adoration, repentance, and submission.

Will you enter?

Admit you’re a bruised reed?


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