This sermon by Rev. C.H. Spurgeon focuses on the compassion and care that Jesus has for those who are weak and broken. The sermon uses the metaphors of a bruised reed and smoking flax to describe the frailty and worthlessness of these individuals. However, Jesus promises to not break the bruised reed or quench the smoking flax, but to bring them to victory through his love and grace.
- What do the metaphors of the bruised reed and smoking flax represent in this sermon? How do they relate to our own experiences of weakness and brokenness?
- Why do you think Jesus is often overlooked and forgotten by fame and the world? How does his gentleness and meekness contrast with the world’s idea of greatness and power?
- How does the promise of Jesus to not break the bruised reed or quench the smoking flax bring comfort and hope to those who feel weak and worthless? How does it challenge our own perceptions of our value and worth?
- In what ways do you see yourself as a bruised reed or smoking flax? How does knowing that Jesus will not break or quench you encourage you in your faith journey?
- How does the promise of victory in Jesus give us hope and assurance in the midst of our struggles and trials? How does it change our perspective on our current circumstances and challenges?
Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you as bruised reeds and smoking flax, recognizing our weakness and brokenness. We thank you for the promise that Jesus will not break us or quench us, but will bring us to victory through his love and grace. Help us to trust in your compassion and care, and to find comfort and hope in your promises. Strengthen us in our faith and help us to live in the assurance of your victory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.