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By His Wounds We Are Healed

Isaiah 53:4-5

Rev. John F. Wurst

Lent midweek
The Lutheran Church of Christ the King  
Duluth, Minnesota

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Wed, Feb 27, 2013 

"For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." (1 Cor. 2:2)

Isaiah 53:4-5

Lent 3

"By His Wounds We Are Healed"

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Griefs and sorrows. Words you sing about in hymns like:

Savior, When in Dust to Thee

Christ, the Life of All the Living

Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow

Lamb of God, Pure and Holy

and tonight's office hymn, A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth.

What do these words mean, especially for you, as you ponder the Passion of Jesus Christ tonight. In the Hebrew text, the word grief is best translated as illnesses and the word sorrows is best translated as pains. Illness and pain. What's the connection between you and Jesus?

On Ash Wednesday, you learned how Jesus is the Arm of The Lord. The strength of The Lord to heal, save, and forgive the sins of sinners. Last week, you learned how appearance can be deceiving. Tonight, the beauty and majesty of Jesus are unveiled for your eyes to see.

Look at Him, through faith, and see with your eyes how your sins penetrate the flesh of the Son of Man. Look and behold His glory and see the illness of your sins of thought, word, and deed and how Jesus bears them in His flesh for you.

Along with all your sins, every illness of your flesh is just another open wound for Jesus, another weight upon His soul. Your flu, mumps, backaches, migraines, blindness, leprosy, cancer are all borne by Jesus on your behalf during His Passion, suffering, and death.

Along with your illnesses, Jesus also bears your pains. Pain of arthritis, Alzheimer's, diabetes, separation, betrayal, loneliness, and death. Jesus carries it all for you to the cross. Yet, you don't even care to look upon Him. He's ugly, Smitten by God, and afflicted.

Your illnesses and pains are because of sin. You inherited all of this sorrow because of your first parents disobedience in the Garden in Eden. You are no better. You sin daily in thought, word, and deed. You sin against God and also against one another. It is these sins you know of and those you don't even know about that Jesus died to save you from.

The lesson from Isaiah tonight is the Gospel. The Good News of the Messiah who was coming to stand in the place of every sinner to atone for the sins of the world. The Good News of God's Son who die to redeem sinners with His body and blood in death.

Your Suffering Savior was crucified because the people claimed Jesus sinned by claiming to be the God. When Jesus was being beaten and scourged, they thought it was for His sins. They thought Jesus was crucified for His blasphemy, which He never committed, but was in reality, crucified to save you from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

Jesus Passion and suffering took place to give you life. Isaiah says, "He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities." A better reading of the Hebrew would be, "He was pierced through for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities." Everything that happened to Jesus was directed against your sins. He took it all in your place.

The punishment that brought you peace was laid on Jesus. The nails that pierced His hands and feet and the spear that was thrust into His side was to earn your salvation. In love, Jesus bore all your illnesses and pains.

You are healed from the iniquity of your sin by the stripes born in the flesh of Jesus. What appears to be disfiguring and ugly to you and the world is actually beautiful and majestic. What you see as grotesque, faith sees as glorious. What the world sees as destruction, the believer sees as salvation.

The Lamb of God accomplished your salvation by laying His life down on the altar of sacrifice for you. Smitten by God and afflicted. Rejected by the world and His own Father, Jesus paid the price for your sins.

The Gospel message of salvation is the most glorious thing a sinner could ever hear. The Son of God stood in your place to atone for your sins to forgive you of your sins and to give everlasting life in His Name. You no longer stand condemned before the Father who is in heaven. You are saved. You are forgiven because of the the love that the Son had for His Father and for you.

In the Name of the Father and + of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

The peace of God which surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Amen.

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(C) Rev. John F. Wurst

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