“But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”
‭‭John‬ ‭19‬:‭33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Today I am participating in the Five Minute Friday with Kate Motaung and her crew of brilliant writers. The word this Friday is {break}.

Setting my timer for 5 minutes and letting my ponderings pour out through my fingers…


I think it’s not a surprise this Friday one word. Break. I’ve been hearing it in all the places and from the people on podcasts and from the Bible study lesson this week.

Elisa Morgan (featured on Focus on the Family this week) talked about being raised in a broken family and then producing a broken family of her own. However, in her conclusion, she reminded us that we all are from broken families and are producing broken families. But God in His mercy wants to redeem every pain, and every weakness.

In our final week of Bible study through the book of John, Megan Fate Marshman talked us through the true story of the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ. And in it, maybe she said it, or maybe this is what I heard, the rebels broke Jesus’ skin with lashes and nails and a spear, but they were unable to crush out His life.

Even as the soldiers broke the legs of the men on either side to hurry their impending death because of the Sabbath, they found that Jesus had already let go of His life at the Father’s will.

Did you catch that irony? They thought it okay to break people, but unthinkable to break the Sabbath.

And hear is the earth-shaking mountain moving power of God. With Jesus dead and buried in a tomb, God’s eternal life and majesty and kingdom could not be broken by man or Satan’s design.

The tomb broke open on that third day. Life bursting forth in glory. Because God is greater. God is Creator. And God cannot be broken.

Hallelujah. Amen!

Eyes on Jesus and Shine,


11 thoughts on “Break

  1. Lovely Lisa. I think I need to watch that I don’t become more obsessed with not breaking my own rules, routines and practises than with going with the spirit. Thought provoking. Happy Easter, Lisa. Dawn #27

  2. They couldn’t break the Sabbath rules,
    but could have Jesus killed,
    using Romans as their tools
    that their fears not be fulfilled.
    But I wonder why the Pharisees
    were so gol-durn afraid?
    Did they not see the ironies
    in how their game was played,
    keeping score of virtues
    that they felt their lives defined,
    while they ignored big issues
    as if they all were blind,
    living in a hidebound dream
    while God’s grace passed by unseen?

  3. Wow! I had never thought of that before — “Did you catch that irony? They thought it okay to break people, but unthinkable to break the Sabbath.”

  4. Aww, I appreciate the insight, Lisa! I had never considered them willing to break people, yet unwilling to break the Sabbath. A religious heart is very different from a worshipful heart.

    1. Thank you Kim as always for stopping by to read and share and comment. Blessings of all you need in Jesus! He is Risen!!

  5. A lovely post, Lisa. I’ve been watching The Chosen and found myself amazed, too, at how the priests worried about Jesus healing on the Sabbath instead of worshipping God because people were being healed.

    1. Oh thank you for stopping by and taking time to read and comment on my words. I’m interested in the Chosen series. I hear it’s very good.
      Thank you again.

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