What are these wounds in thine hands?
This is one of the questions posed in the Scriptures that I never tire of considering. It seems to delve deeper than just the surface of the matter, and for me it lingers long in my thoughts. “What are these wounds in thine hands?” Again and again we will ask it. Scripture tells us that eternity is necessary for us to hear the whole of it (Ephesians 2:7). And so it seems that we will ever repeat the question. It’s like that infamous question that rings wildly in the car while we travel, “Are we there yet?” Only this question we ask will never be answered with, “Stop asking that question!” The Father will for all eternity be expounding to us the depths of the riches of the love He has toward us. Let us consider a few aspects of this simple question.
The Why behind the question
If we could rephrase the question and say, “Why are these wounds in your hands?”, the One who bears the scars in His hands would say something like this: I was wounded for your transgressions, and I was bruised for your iniquity. It was for sin that He died, and it was not for His own sins, for He had none. It was for our sin that He went to that awful place called Calvary, and allowed His creatures to nail Him to a tree. He died to pay for the sins of the world, and to offer “whosoever will” to come into eternal peace with Him. Each one of us has crossed the line, so to speak, in regard to obeying God. He said “Don’t do it,” and we did it. We stand before Him guilty, but He offers pardon through His Son, Jesus Christ. So in summation, we caused the wounds in His lovely hands.
The What behind the question
Precisely the word in the verse is the one we will now contemplate – the word “what?”. What are these wounds in your hands? What do they symbolize? What story do they tell? It is simple, but profound, to say that these wounds tell the story of love. The story of a love so deep and so wide, that it is mind-boggling. This love that led Christ to the cross is unfathomable. How can we fully grasp the meaning of the love of Christ. There He sat on His throne in heaven. He was the object of angels’ worship. Pure beyond imagination, and unstained by sin, He sat as creator and ruler of the universe. And presented with the opportunity to leave this throne, come to the earth as a man, and die to make all the wrongs right, He said “yes”. He actually said “yes”. Yes to all the hatred. Yes to all the spitting and the beating. Yes to the mocking and laughing and jeering. He said yes to becoming a curse for us. He even said yes to being forsaken by His Father. It is eay to repeat that the story that these wounds tell is the story of love.
The Who behind the question
Who is this who bears these wounds? It was touched upon above, but there’s more to this story. So just who is this One who possesses the wounds? He is the Son of God. He is the Son of man. He is Jehovah. He is eternal. He is the lamb of God. He is the rock. He is the lion of the tribe of Judah. On and on we could go just dwelling on the titles that Scripture gives to the Lord Jesus Christ. There is one key identifier that I would like to use to cut to the chase. To get straight to the heart of things. He is all these listed above, and more. But what seems to underscore His love for us that was displayed in His death on the cross more than anything else is this – He is risen. He is alive! He said,
I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
Not only did He prove His love to us, but He also displayed that God the Father accepted this tremendous act of love by raising Him from the dead. The tomb where He lay is empty, and forever presents itself as a reminder as to His love and His power over death. We are free because of what He did!
May we ponder these things today and worship Him who bore our sins in His own body on the tree.