I’ve been thinking about this word for several weeks, beginning at the ladies retreat in Ketchikan. For each of the sessions, I offered a hymn by Church Works Media. These were new pieces for the ladies there, and I was delighted to share the rich texts and beautiful tunes with them. Before I started the second session, I shared “My Jesus, Fair” to prepare hearts (mine included), and this stanza has reverberated in my mind ever since:
My Jesus, pure, was crushed by God,
By God, in judgment just.
The Father grieved, yet turned His rod
On Christ, made sin for us.
Then, this morning in my Bible study time, the word came back to me again: crushed.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5 ESV)
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him;
he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
(Isaiah 53:10 ESV)
My mind went to this quote, which I had read long ago:
The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odor, with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odor of sweetness. –Watchman Nee
He was crushed, and the glorious fragrance of the gospel permeated this sin cursed world. Will you allow the same to be true of your life? Is it okay with you, if your Father chooses to crush you through a circumstance, illness, financial reversal or loss so that others can luxuriate in the fragrance of His sufferings, patiently endured in you? Will you allow Him to entrust you with this? Will you trust Him in this?
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”~Ephesians 5:2