“Wounded No More”
“…in the midst of the throne…stood a lamb, as though it had been slain…” (Rev. 5:6)
People are hurting. Our fast-paced, depersonalizing culture is smothering us with technology, and alienating us from each other and ourselves. We’re living separated lives; having casual relationships (some slightly shorter-lived than others) and becoming increasingly isolated from family, each other and God! When we’re hurting, where do we turn? Few may not be able to afford the “45 minute hour” in the counselor’s office; others may not want to share the hurt for fear it may “get out” and embarrass or humiliate us. Perhaps we don’t want to address it because it’s too painful to reopen a wound.
The Bible tells us that Jesus is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” (Heb. 4:15); that He came to “heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds.” (Mat. 4:18); and that He is the same, “yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). Jesus Christ is the Healer. In fact, there is a wonderful verse that IDENTIFIES us with Him in 1 John 3:2. It says, “Beloved, NOW are we the sons (and daughters) of God; but it doesn’t yet appear what we shall be like; for we KNOW that when He appears, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM, for we shall see Him as he really is.”
John had a vision of Jesus seated on the Throne above all thrones, far above all rule, powers, principalities and governments. He saw Him. How did He look? Like a scarred Lamb; as if he HAD BEEN wounded.” Beloved, do you realize that all believers are IN Christ, and He is in them.? In fact, Paul says that Christ IN US is the hope of glory! His scars are the IDENTIFYING marks of His Messiahship! He told Thomas to feel the scars in His hands, side and feet, as proof that it was really Him!
Dear believer, do you realize that there is One who knows where it hurts? He has come to heal it; to restore that area of your life and enable you to live a new life. When He heals, he does so completely and thoroughly. Though a scar may remain, it doesn’t mean you must be wounded anymore! Our Savior is reigning at this moment; scarred, but not wounded anymore. In Him, you and I can live victoriously in Him – scarred, but wounded no more as well!
Pour out your heart to Him today. Let Him in to that hurting place in your heart. Believe Him to heal and restore that wound. Receive your healing by faith! He will not disappoint you. Then, live your life for His Glory! Let the “scars” you exhibit be the identifying marks of a victorious and triumphant life – just like His standing, reigning, scarred – as if you were wounded…
May the Lord continually bless you and your family.
Love in Christ, Pastor Damian