Healed by Woundedness
“By his wounds, we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5
Let those words soak in for a moment. Try to hear them as both words of hope and words of mission.
By His wounds, WE are healed!
This is the way of Jesus — the way of Christianity. This is the Christian life. Every single one of us who is a Christian became a Christian because a friend, a co-worker, a parent, a preacher chose to be weak. They showed us Jesus, and chose to let us see how much they needed Him because of their own weakness.
Their wounds brought us to Jesus.
After my dark night of the soul Saturday night, I’m here at Fumbling broken, wounded, and empty. The only thing holding my life together is Jesus Christ our Lord. By HIS wounds we are HEALED.
The night he was betrayed, the Lord said these words, “Simon, Simon, Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, STRENGTHEN YOUR BROTHERS.” (Luke 22:31-32 NRSV)
By Peter’s weakness, his brothers would be strengthened. The love and strength and healing power of Jesus Christ comes to us through our brothers and sisters. By OUR wounds, you might say, Jesus will heal the world.
What is it about us that makes us want to hide our wounds? What about our gatherings makes vulnerability so frightening? How many people are starving for spirituality while Christians strive for comfort and orderliness?
In HIS love,