GRACE FOR TODAY Radio Message #489
HAS THE LORD BROKEN YOU?
Pastor Don Fortner
Grace Baptist Church of Danville
2734 Old Stanford Road
Danville, Kentucky 40422-9438
In Micah 2:13 we read a prophecy of the Lord Jesus Christ, a prophecy in which he is called “THE BREAKER.” Has he broken you? I will tell you this - You will never know him as the Savior until you know him as the Breaker. Listen to Micah’s words.
"The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them." Now, let me tell you what those words mean and how they apply to the Lord Jesus Christ.
This almighty Breaker is the Lord Jesus Christ. He came up as the Breaker from everlasting. In the council of peace, the divine decree was broken open and the Son of God stood forth as the Surety of God’s elect. He it was who alone was found worthy to take the book of God’s eternal purpose out of the hand of him that sat upon the throne. Christ alone, as the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world, is worthy and able to loose the seals of the book, break it open, and fulfill its decrees.
It was this same Holy One, our Lord Jesus Christ, who, when he found it written of him in the volume of his Father’s book (The Book of His Decrees and The Book of Inspiration) that he should fulfill the law of the Lord for chosen sinners, cried out, “Lo, I come. I delight to do thy will, O God.”
In the fulness of time our all-glorious Christ came up as a Breaker in this world, to break down the wall of separation between God and his chosen, to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, and to open, by his precious shed blood, a new and living way by which sinners might draw near to God with full assurance of acceptance upon the basis of pardoned sin. Our Lord Jesus, by his one great sacrifice, forever put away all the sins of his people, forever silenced the accusations of Satan, forever freed us from the curse and penalty of God’s holy law, and forever justified and sanctified every sinner for whom he bled and died. This great work he did by himself alone, when he who knew no sin was made to be sin for us.
After he lay in the grave for three days, the almighty Breaker came forth from the dead, bursting asunder the bars of death. Triumphant over death, hell, and the grave, he proved himself to be the Breaker spoken of by the prophet Micah, passing through the gate before us as our great Head, Representative, Lord, and King. It was not possible that death could hold him. His holy soul must not and could not see corruption. Therefore the almighty Breaker broke through all the obstacles before him as our Representative, ascended up on high, led captivity captive, and entered into heaven, having obtained eternal redemption for us! There he sat down upon his throne, took possession of heaven as our Forerunner, and ever lives to make intercession for us according to the will of God.
At the appointed time, in “the time of love” appointed by God the Father for the regeneration, effectual calling, and conversion of our souls, the Lord Jesus, by his sovereign Holy Spirit, came as the almighty Breaker, in all the glorious force and power of his irresistible grace into our hearts. He did not stand outside our hearts’ doors and meekly knock, hoping and pleading that we might, by the mere exercise of our wills, let him in. Had he done so, we would yet be without life before God. This almighty, saving, gracious, effectual Breaker, broke into our hearts and took possession of our souls. When he came in, he brought his welcome with him, causing us to cry, “Come in! Come in Lord Jesus! Come, reign in me forever.” Oh, may this great saving Breaker break into your soul this day by his all-saving power and grace!