THE WOUNDS OF JESUS
Rev. 5:6 ¶ And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…
I have a picture of this vision of Jesus that John saw over my desk. John is humbled and overwhelmed at the sight of the slain Lamb of God. There is no sweeter image in the world for His sons and daughters, the horrible wounds in the body of Jesus are precious to us. In Hebrews, Paul speaks about how the blood of Jesus speaks better things than the blood of Abel. His wounds are still speaking to us today. What are they saying? They are crying out to the sick, by His wounds you are healed. They are crying out to the sinner, Christ died to save sinners. His wounds are crying out to the poor, Jesus bore your curse that the blessing of Abraham might come on you. Charles Spurgeon shared abound the beauty of the wounds of Jesus, check out his thoughts.
“Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more fair in our eyes than all the splendor and pomp of kings. The thorny crown is more than an imperial diadem. It is true that he bears not now the scepter of reed, but there was a glory in it that never flashed from scepter of gold. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb as his court dress in which he wooed our souls, and redeemed them by his complete atonement. Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ: they are the trophies of his love and of his victory. He has divided the spoil with the strong. He has redeemed for himself a great multitude whom no man can number, and these scars are the memorials of the fight. Ah! if Christ thus loves to retain the thought of his sufferings for his people, how precious should his wounds be to us!
Behold how every wound of his
A precious balm distills,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills.
Those wounds are mouths that preach his grace;
The ensigns of his love;
The seals of our expected bliss
In paradise above.”
To the lost, the cross and the suffering of Jesus is irrelevant. To those who are being saved, it is crying out the favor and blessing of God. Every drop of Jesus blood that was spilled was precious. Starting from the great drops of blood in Gethsemane to the brutality of the whipping post. From the beating by the Roman soldiers to the piercing of the nails and the spear. His wounds are precious and are calling us into a place of intimacy with God. These wounds remind us of our redemption from sin, deliverance from the power of the enemy, and healing for our bodies. His death was not unimportant, it is the most awful and beautiful event of all time.