Easter and Wounds

This Sunday Christians around the world will celebrate Easter - a day set aside specifically to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, the lynchpin of the Christian faith.  Easter is about life: the God-man died for our sins and is now alive and offers eternal life to those who believe in Him. That truth is Easter Theology 101. However what is lost sometimes in the bigger picture of this truth is what accompanies this cardinal doctrine.

Easter goes beyond the doctrine of the resurrection. The life Jesus offers also has to do with restored Jesus followers living life to the fullest - being made whole and complete in Him.  Most of us are satisfied with and justify incomplete living - a lack of wholeness.  Instead of allowing Jesus to heal our wounds and scars, we tend to adjust to them. Usually it is because we feel like we deserve our scars at some level. And as a result, our spiritual wounds often mark and plague our lives.

We feel like we deserve to live with our wounds. "I am who I am because of _______ (my upbringing, my sinful decisions, my addiction, my selfish tendencies, etc)."  We become satisfied with incomplete living and it limits the power and effectiveness of the gospel in our lives. 

In Isaiah 53, the prophet speaks of a Suffering Servant, a Prince of Peace, who provides redemption and healing for sinners. This Sacrificial Messiah bears the weight of our sin so that we find healing. In short, the Healer dies so that the fatally wounded can live. 

Here's a summary of Isaiah 53: we are broken people. We chose our own path, do our own thing, sin against God and diminish who God created us to be by choosing sin. Sin breaks, destroys, hurts, and violates our relationship with God and others. It wounds our souls and leaves us scarred inside and out. And the reality of our sin lurks within our souls rearing its ugly head to remind us we are mortal and sinful. 

And Isaiah reminds us that the story of Jesus invades our depravity. God did what was necessary to mend the brokenness. He was pierced, scarred, maimed, mutilated, and killed to remove the sin barrier. He was raised to life to offer forgiveness, hope, peace, joy, eternal life - wholeness.

Wholeness is not about perfection. It is about being healed by Jesus - a process of spiritual transformation that continually makes me more like Jesus and less like me.

The language of Isaiah 53 is substitutionary. He took what we deserve.  Because of sin, we deserve to face God's judgment, the consequences of our sin, spiritual punishment. Yet we receive healing, wholeness, forgiveness. We receive LIFE - life to the fullest. By His stripes, we are healed.

And this spiritual transformation only happens because of Easter - the gospel - the story of Jesus. It only happens because Jesus is alive and offers life to spiritually wounded sinners.

Like you, my life is scarred. I am wounded. Yet because of the story of Jesus I do not have to allow my scars and wounds to define my life. Jesus died so that I might live life to the fullest - and that is the story of Easter.

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