By His Wounds is a study and mediation for those who wrestle with the complexities of one’s Fallen Self.
Isaiah 53 is the traditional reading for Good Friday. Isaiah 53 in details the great extent and truth of Jesus’ Passion for the people He came to save. Jesus suffers and dies for the atonement of mankind. His suffering is gruesome and beyond physical suffering. He is made ugly and repulsive. He is hated and rejected by God, His Father, and those He came to save. He is broken. He is silenced and unnoticed, like a lamb before her shearers. He is lonely and cast off. He is anguished.
And by His Wounds we are healed.
In our first session we pondered The Ugly Jesus depicted in Isaiah 52:13-53:2. It is hard for us to think of Jesus this way. Most artists portray Jesus lovely and attractive. But Isaiah reminds us that steeped in sin Jesus is One from whom men hide their faces.
In our second session, Isaiah 53:3-4, we examined Jesus as one who is hated and rejected for our sakes. Hate is a hard word. We would rather not say we hate anyone let alone Jesus. But Scripture makes clear Jesus was stricken, smitten and afflicted, and that we esteemed Him not.
In this session, Isaiah 53:5-6, we meditate upon a Jesus who is broken for us. Literally, Jesus is wounded for our transgressions. We are like sheep, Isaiah states, and we go astray. But it is by Jesus wounds that we are healed. Romans 5:8 echoes the Good News of the Gospel, the Messiah in whom our lives our made whole, when it says, “God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” Jesus suffered and died for our sin.
Jesus is broken. By His Wounds We are Healed.
The Broken Jesus, Isaiah 53:5-6[See Exegetical and Supplementary Notes]
Jesus becomes broken for the sake of the broken. He is pierced. He is bloodied. He is mocked and tortured. He is persecuted and insulted. He is crowned with thorns. His side is pierced with a spear. The sins of all are laid on Him. By His wounds we are healed.
“We’re all broken,” she says. “You have to stop treating yourself like a special case. You may be broken in different places, but it’s damage all the same.”
What People Say About Broken
“God wants us to be broken in spirit so that He can make us strong at the broken places”
― Billy Graham
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.Psalm 51:17
1. Having been fractured or broken, or no longer in one piece or in working order. He had a broken arm.
Synonyms: smashed, shattered, burst, crushed, destroyed, demolished, ruptured, wrecked, maimed.
2. Having given up all hope or despairing. He went to his grave a broken man.
Synonyms: defeated, demoralized, beaten, dishonored, ruined.
Have you ever felt broken emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally?
Christ bears our burdens so that we are then
made able to bear the burdens of each other
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.Galatians 6: 1-2
Romans 7: 15-19
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16 Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. 17 So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
She came to the school on his 12th birthday to say “good-bye.” It was nice for her to do this, but it broke his heart. She would not be coming home for a long time. It was his sister. She was running away.
He wept the rest of the day. The teacher was very kind. The other children gave him space.
They say “time heals all wounds.” People mean well when they say, “You need to let it go.” “You need to get over it.” “You need to be strong.”
But time doesn’t heal anything. Nor can you be strong when you are broken.
Only Christ and His wounds will heal.
The Humiliation of Christ –
Luther’s Small Catechism
The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord states the following comfort of Christ’s Humiliation:
Jesus promises Christians “that not only His mere Divinity would be with them (which to us poor sinners is like consuming fire on dry stubble). But Christ promised that He — He, the man who has spoken with them , who has experienced all tribulations in His received human nature, and who can therefore have sympathy with us, as with men and His brethren — He will be with us in all our troubles also according to the nature by which He is our brother and we are His flesh.
Ah, Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken
- O dearest Jesus, what law hast thou broken
That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken?
Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, —
What dark transgression?
- They crown Thy head with thorns, they smite, they scourge Thee;
With cruel mocking’s to the cross they urge Thee;
They give Thee gall to drink, they still decry Thee;
They crucify Thee.
- Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish?
It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish;
Yea, all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit,
This I do merit.
By His Wounds
Jesus knows your heart. Jesus knows you hurt. Jesus knows you have felt broken, beat up, and left to yourself. Jesus empties Himself for you. Jesus is broken for you. Jesus is forever with you. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Jesus takes the pain and humiliation of brokenness upon Himself and by His wounds you are healed and made whole. You are loved and cherished by Jesus.
God demonstrates His love for us in this, While we were yet sinners, while we were hated and rejected, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8
They say time heals all wounds. They say “get over it.” Actually Christ alone heals wounds, and by His wounds you are healed. Jesus does not say “get over it.” Jesus says, “I am with you always.“
Beautiful, New Creations
Sin manifests itself in brokenness. By the sweat of our brow we toil the earth. From dust we come and to dust we return.
Yet, In Christ, we are new creations. The old is gone and the new has come. In the Sacrament Jesus breaks His body and spills His blood and by His Wounds we are healed. In the eating and drinking we are forgiven of sin and made new again.
The Scriptures give us Divine and wonderful ways to see each other and how to build each other up in faith.
Romans 8:1-2, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.
Ephesians 6:10-11, 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
1 John 4:7-8, 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Colossians 3:1-2: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
During these 40 days of vision, Jesus sees us in our broken state. Jesus heals, restores, and puts us back together with mercy, grace, and peace.
James 1:22 says, “Be doers of the Word and not just hearers only.” Seek the Holy Spirit to guide you in a pure and holy understanding of yourself. You are not only broken. You are also restored and made holy! You are now equipped and able to care for and carry the broken around you. It is not easy, but it is not impossible, either. Identify someone you know who is going through a difficult time. Pray for this person by name and situation. Reach out to them by card or phone call. Invite this person to coffee or refreshment. Read Scripture to this person, and pray.