The Broken Mirror Fragment – Reflecting His Glory
“14 Not until halfway through the festival did Jesus go up to the temple courts and begin to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?”
16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”
20 “You are demon-possessed,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?”
21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Yet, because Moses gave you circumcision (though actually it did not come from Moses, but from the patriarchs), you circumcise a boy on the Sabbath. 23 Now if a boy can be circumcised on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses may not be broken, why are you angry with me for healing a man’s whole body on the Sabbath? 24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” John 7:14-24 NIV
I read this story recently about a well-educated Greek philosopher whose name was Dr. Alexander Popaderos. Every summer, Dr. Popaderos taught a class on ethics for two weeks. During one of his summer classes he was getting ready to close, he asked, “Now are there any questions before we go?” Just as he was getting ready to say, “OK then you’re dismissed,” a little, rather timid looking man in the back of the room, slowly raised his hand and said, “Dr. Popaderos. I have a question” “Yes, what is it?” He said, “I’d like to know. What is the meaning of life?”
As you can imagine, people were ready to go home, and they were very irritated by this little fellow’s heavy question!
Dr. Popaderos quieted the group and said to the class, “You know, if you don’t mind I’d like to answer that question.”
He reached into his back pocket, and took out his wallet. He took out of the wallet a little mirror about the size of a fifty-cent piece, honed down on the edges, kind of sparkling.
He told his students this tale, “When I was a child, I began to realize that I could have so much fun with that mirror. I would simply catch the glint of the Sun, and shine that mirror into an otherwise darkened place. As I grew older I began to learn that this is no child’s toy. This is really a metaphor for my life. Now I am not the light—I am not the source of the light. I am simply a broken mirror fragment. But if I allow the sun to shine on my mirror fragment, it is amazing what light I can bring into darkness.” Then he said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, that is the meaning of life.”
Each of us is a mirror fragment. We are not the Light. We are not the source of the Light. We are simply a broken mirror fragment. But when we permit the SON to hit our mirror fragment, and then bounce off into the life of a darkened heart or in darkened situations, there can be a change.
Jesus reflected the glory of the Father for us. He now calls believers to reflect His light into a dark world around us.
Lord Jesus may Your light shine in and through me into the darkness around me. Amen.