A Wounded God, Healed Yet Scarred

When those of us who have put our faith in Christ have died and resurrected I believe that although it will be the end of death and suffering and every tear will have been wiped away, that somehow we will still be scarred.  Our bodies will be fully healed but there will remain scars of some sort – marks of past wounds.  The exact representation of those past wounds I don’t know, but I do know that the risen Christ carried signs of his wounds in his resurrected body.  Indeed, Thomas needed sight of those wounds to believe.  However, Jesus did not limp or hobble when he appeared to the disciples.  So Jesus was somehow scarred and yet fully healed.  He had the marks of death and yet was fully alive.

In Isaiah it is written – by his wounds we are healed.  I don’t claim to fully understand all the meaning hidden in those words.  But I do know that as I have received a greater revelation of the love of God so my heart has been healed and His peace has taken up greater residence increasingly overcoming past and present fear and anxiety.   I pray for even greater revelation of that love and choose to submit my heart that the peace of Christ will rule in full residence in my heart (Col 3:15).

The marks of death, nailed hands and feet, are there now on Jesus.  In our future close fellowship with the Lord there will be a constant visible reminder of the depth and passion of His love.

I believe in the same way that somehow our acts of love for one another that have lead to suffering of some sort will be represented in some way in our bodies.  Somehow, we too will be visibly scarred and yet fully healed.

These scars will be badges of honour. A record of the depth of our love.

 

Healing the wounded

*** This is literally jotted thoughts that need pulling together ***

Overcoming constructed worlds – seeing past the front people put on – to see the real person – a constructed world is a false identity.

Healing a wounded heart – Seeing past bad behaviour to look for the open wound(s)

Learning to look with different eyes.  Recognising how our own wounds blind us. Why do certain situations or behaviours in others cause us anxiety?  What is it we are afraid of?  Dealing with our own splinter before trying to help someone else with theirs.  We have to seek out our own wounds and find healing (in Christ) before we can help others with theirs – specifically those who have suffered the same wound.  We don’t need healing from all wounds before we can help someone but we do need healing from the same type of wound we are trying to help them with.

By his wounds we are healed (1 Peter 2:24 – see wider context of surrounding verses and also Is 56 or 53?).  This speaks of the crucifixion and preceding punishments – being whipped which are all part and parcel of what was needed to be done to Christ for our sins.  It was needed.  It is a fact.  It is the pivot point in our faith.  Our acceptance of the need for this and the consequence is critical.  How do we respond?  Repentance is therefore key to our own healing for it flows out of our acceptance of the need for healing (to be made right with God) and what Christ has accomplished.  Our ongoing sin is therefore both fruit of a damaged heart (hurt people hurt people) and a choice in the moment (biting the apple).

You’ll like me if you think I am funny – part of my constructed world

You’ll like me if …. (fill in the blank)

Or put another way, you’ll accept me if ….

The confused messages of acceptance that we see in the world.

Learning that people need to find things for themselves- we only value the treasure we have to dig for.