Hopeless. Depressed.

Being broken is part of the human life. In this life, it is inevitable for one to experience pain, trials and tribulations. Its impossible to not get hurt if you are living in a world where people rebel against God. Jesus, Himself, said “In the world you will have tribulations…”

Tribulation is not the bruise or cut that you get when you lose your balance from a bicycle. Tribulation is suffering – a deep anguish, sorrow and discomfort. People who have been hurt in the past know this feeling. It’s difficult to breathe, and you just want to stay indoors and cry all night. But why don’t we try to step back, look at the life of Someone who was really broken but chose to see the beauty behind all the hurts. Let’s look at Jesus’ life.

“I have said these things to you, that in me you will have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

After washing His disciples’ feet (something unusual for a Rabbi to do), Jesus told them that one of them will betray Him, and that and He is going somewhere they couldn’t come, Jesus surely knew that His disciples were confused and troubled by what He just told them. Jesus knew what will happen to His disciples without Him. They will surely be troubled about His crucifixion. Jesus then promised the Holy Spirit to them and spoke of how the world will hate them for following Him. He then concludes everything He said with these words:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you will have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I can only imagine the look and confusion on the disciples’ faces and what they were probably thinking. Jesus wanted them to have peace in Him, confidence over what’s going to happen. However, their actions did not show of the faith and trust they proclaimed to have on Jesus.

While praying in the garden, Jesus suffered from hematidrosis, a rare medical condition that only occurs when under emotional stress, acute fear and intense mental contemplation. We know what happened next – Jesus was arrested and the disciples who were with Him for three years ran away. Talk about brokenness! Jesus was deserted by the people He trusted (Though He already knew this) and crucified by the people He was trying to save! His own Father also looked away from Him during those times because He became sin. Yet before all these things took place, Jesus said:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you will have peace…”

He was indeed broken during those times yet He also had peace. He trusted His Father and He knew His purpose.

Our sins break God’s heart, but because He loves us, He sent Jesus to die in our place because we can never save ourselves. He wanted us to live beyond what we think we are made for. If you feel hopeless and depressed, take heart because there is hope!

It is difficult to trust in the midst of tough times; it is not easy to be courageous when things seem to fall apart, but bravery happens when we are afraid, and strength comes when something pulls us down. God always has a reason for the things we are going through. We just need to take heart and believe that He will see us through the difficulties that He allows to happen.

Accepting Christ may not be an easy path to travel, it is actually a narrow road full of difficulties. But choosing Him over this world will make us experience the beauty of life that He wants us to have for eternity. Trials and tribulations may come but we will have the courage and peace because we know that Jesus overcame it all. We can only experience the beauty of life only when we understood that it is His love for us and brokenness about our sins is what saved us all. The brokenness we see in the cross is the beauty that will give salvation to those who will believe.

— Writer’s Bio: Patrick Purugganan is from Real Life Christian Communities. He’s an aspiring youth pastor and is very passionate for purity.