I knew a man who, after his son’s death, heard God’s voice. The words were, “He was wounded but he did not die.” The man couldn’t understand why God would say this. He knew his son was dead and not just wounded. The words kept going through his mind as he tried to understand the meaning. Finally, he understood. He thought, a doctor in the emergency room wouldn’t say, “He was wounded but did not die”, he would simply say, “We were able to save him.” He knew that his son, like everyone, had sinned, but this was God’s way of saying that his son’s sins were forgiven and he had eternal life. When the man finally understood the meaning of God’s words, the man began to cry. He now knew that his son was with God, and he would see him again.
The Bible tells us that, “The wages of sin is death.” When we are physically wounded, if the wound isn’t treated and healed, the infection can grow and affect the whole body – bringing even death. Similarly, If our sins are not treated and forgiven, they can affect our body and soul – bringing even death. The following passage in the Bible explains the relationship between being wounded and sinning.
Isaiah 53:1-8 ” 1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”
This is a prophecy of Christ’s mission on Earth. We must never let our wounds or sins go untreated. They must be healed and forgiven, because “The wages of sin is death.”
We must go to the Great Physician and find healing, forgiveness, and life. It’s only common sense.
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