In this message, the fourth in a series of what the Cross says about…, Pastor Barry speaks on sacrifice.
Psalm 51:17 tells us, "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God." Sacrifice is brokenness and brokenness is the experience of Christians. Every true Christian recognizes and experiences the brokenness and healing each time sin is confessed and absolved!
In Acts chapter two, Luke described the "brokenness" of those who responded to Peter's Pentecost message. "When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:41 NIV)
In the original Greek, "katanusso" denotes a vehement piercing of sorrow. The tense of the verb indicates a one-time striking of the heart which brings one to the realization of the sorrow for one's sin and the need for God's grace. This Word-wrought conviction was that which moved them to be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit to produce faith and its fruits (Acts 2:38).
Scriptures also speak of another form of brokenness. Such brokenness is described in David's confession in Psalm 51. In both places, Psalm 51 and Acts 2, when confronted with the enormity of their sin, there was an experience of renewal because of brokenness.
Take a moment to listen to Pastor Barry’s latest message about the Cross of Christ. Cross Words: What The Cross Says About Sacrifice.