Notable and Quotable: Hession

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From Roy Hession’s book, “The Calvary Road.” This is on the idea of being broken and emptied as was Christ in coming to earth to live, die, and be resurrected among us.

Being broken is both God’s work and ours. He brings His pressure to bear, but we have to make the choice. If we are really open to conviction as we seek fellowship with God (and willingness for the light is the prime condition of fellowship with God), God will show us the expressions of the proud, hard self that causes Him pain. We can stiffen our necks and refuse to repent or we can bow the head and say, “Yes, Lord.” Brokenness in daily experience is simply the response of humility to the conviction of God. And inasmuch as this conviction is continuous, we shall need to be broken continually. And this is very costly, when we see all the yielding of rights and selfish interests that this will involve, and the confessions and restitutions that may be sometimes necessary.

For this reason, we are not likely to be broken except at the Cross of Jesus. The willingness of Jesus to be broken for us is the all-compelling motive in our being broken, too. We see Him, Who is in the form of God, counting not equality with God a prize to be grasped at and hung on to, but letting it go for us and taking upon Him the form of a Servant – God’s Servant, man’s Servant. We see him willing to have no rights of His own, no home of His own, no possessions of His own, willing to let men revile Him and not revile again, willing to let men tread on Him and not retaliate or defend Himself. Above all, we see Him broken as He meekly goes to Calvary to become men’s scapegoat by bearing their sins in His own body on the tree.”

Philippians 2:5-8Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross.

4 thoughts on “Notable and Quotable: Hession

  1. Beautiful words from this book. I feel being broken often is a gift. That sounds crazy. But if it wasn’t for the times I broke, I don’t think I’d have the intimacy and humility with and for my Savior!

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    1. Oh, how right you are, Karla. How right you are! The way of Christ is the broken way. He was emptied of His prerogatives as God the Son so that while on earth His life would be the life of the Father in Him. “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” His entire life was one of being broken to the will of His Father and to the life of His Father.

      Thus He could say, “This is my body which is broken for you,” and not which will be broken. The breaking of His physical body came as the punctuation of the breaking in which He lived each day. Now He calls each of us to His life, to walk in the broken way by His indwelling Holy Spirit. “As Christ is, so we are in the world.”

      I very much appreciate the insight and revelation our God has given you. Thank you for sharing that. I hope your remembrance of our Savior’s breaking and remaking in the resurrection will be rich, deep, and enlivening, Karla.

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      1. Thank you so much for your kind words and praise to our Heavenly Father! Your 2nd paragraph brought tears to my eyes! May your Resurrection celebration be just the same. Please forgive me if you told me and I’ve forgotten, but I don’t remember your name. Stay blessed and safe.

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