As we end yet another week, I want us to recall that the passion of Jesus Christ, which we commemorated a week ago, is still the only and the most important event that all of creation has ever witnessed and will ever know. The all-knowing God, as a result of the fall of Adam and Eve promised and provided us with a roadmap that contains various signs and prophecies that pointed to His Son’s birth, betrayal, crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Over 300 prophecies were fulfilled in, or by Jesus. As we enter the weekend, let us reflect on the resurrection while zooming in on and drawing strength from the following selection of prophecies that were fulfilled.
(1) The Contused Wound. Is a wound produced by a blunt instrument (e.g. a blow by the rod, as foretold in Micah 5:1 and fulfilled in Matthew 26:67, Matthew 27:30 and John 18:22. “One of the officers struck Jesus with a rod”.
(2) The Lacerated Wound. Is a wound produced by a tearing instrument. The Roman scourge was the cat of nine-tails, a many-tailed whip, each thong decorated with small iron balls similar to ball bearings and tipped with metal or ivory bits (Psalm 129:3). The torture, the laceration, and the consequent loss of blood, according to experts in these types of wounds, often resulted in the death of the victim, but scourging, while part of our Lord’s sufferings, was not to be the means of His death. Thus Isaiah 50:6 is fulfilled in Matthew 27:26 and in John 19:2. And lest you forget, the Cross was laid upon His lacerated back as He painfully trudged forth all the way to Calvary. He did it for you and for me.
(3) The Penetrating Wound. Is a deep wound caused by a sharp-pointed instrument (remember the head wounds caused by the crown of thorns)? The iron soldiers of Rome pushed and pressed down that cruel diadem, the 4-inch long Jerusalem thorn crown upon His head (Matthew 27:29-30; John 19:2); and the blood just flowed.
(4) The Perforating Wound. This is a word from Latin meaning “to pierce through.” “They pierced My hands and My feet,” says Psalm 22:16. The implication is that the iron spikes were driven between the bones, separating but not breaking these. Since crucifixion was not practiced as a means of capital punishment by the Jews, I boldly, daresay that the prophetic words recorded in the Psalms must have confounded and puzzled even the writer of the Psalms. But know what? At that very early date in the history of mankind, God was “signifying what death He should die” (John 12:33), and He was “cut off” by the excruciatingly painful death of crucifixion says Daniel 9:26. By the way, the prophetic question in Zechariah 13:6“What are these wounds in Thine hands?” is simultaneously answered. Isn’t that something? It indeed is!
(5) The Incised Wound. Is a cut produced by a sharp-edged instrument. “But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34). Pilate asked if Christ was dead already. So in response, this wound was inflicted after the death of our Lord by the Roman soldier; the soldier wanted to make certain and clear to all that whatever vestige of life was present in our Lord would be extinguished. Ah, but in so doing, the poor soldier helped Pilate to simply fulfill the prophecy by Zechariah, which says, “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced” (Zechariah 12:10). And from that wound which was so large that Thomas could easily thrust his hand into it, “came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record and his record is true” (John 19:34-35). John saw it.
You know, this wonderful sight awakened surprise and deep interest in John because of the water that flowed from the pericardium and the blood that flowed from the heart. If you recall your Biology 101, you will agree with doctors/scientists who say that the pericardium is a closed sac encasing the heart and lubricated by a small amount of fluid (about a teaspoonful) to facilitate the motion of the heart. How could John, who is not a doctor, it may be asked, distinguish such a small quantity of water? This should, this must arrest your attention and also get you seriously engaged in this devotional.
You see, it has been God’s plan all along for Jesus to come and rescue us from our sin. He put up a strategy map, the Holy Bible for our benefit because in reading it we see how God provided the way of salvation which is the only way we can enter or have a relationship with Him. Have you entered a relationship with Jesus? I hope so.
Proposed prayer: Dear Lord, may the contemplation of these wounds whereby Christ’s body was broken and His blood was shed, where His scars and stripes bring healing to those who call on Jesus deepen my love for Him who was “wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities,” and cause each of us, like Thomas, to worship and acclaim Him as “MY LORD AND MY GOD” as we agree with John who recorded this truth, John 20:28. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Are you born again? Enjoy life and enjoy this weekend because God makes all thing to work together for good for those who love Him.