But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Paradox fills scripture and is part and parcel to the gospel, because humans are taken into Christ, into his death and resurrection through baptism, so that through Christ’s death, we might live in resurrection life, even in this life. The tension and beauty of all of this is so profound, and marvelous in itself, like enjoying a magnificent work of art. But what makes it even more profound is that it can touch and transform us, our lives, so that somehow by God’s grace, in Jesus we enter into something of that beauty ourselves.
Jesus took upon himself all of the brutality humanity could heap upon him, all part of the will of the Trinity, certainly in obedience to the Father, but his own choice as well, and done so by the Spirit. It was done in his sacrifice of himself on the cross, so that by his wounds, our woundedness is healed.
We are wounded by our own sins, and by the sins of others; we are wounded by each other. And such wounds can be ongoing, since none of us are above falling into the sin of a wrong attitude toward another, even toward each other, and the hurtful, destructive words which can follow, and especially for some (and I think the most, of those in their formative years), sink in and change them for ill.
One of the most poignant passages and thoughts in scripture for me is how Jesus as our High Priest has entered fully into our experience, with the exception of not yielding to the temptations to sin, so that he can completely empathize with us, and not only that, but he also can give us just the exact help we need (Hebrews 2:5-18; Hebrews 4:14-5:10).
Somehow Christ himself, who we see as the second Person of the Trinity, was changed in a way, in becoming human and suffering as he did, a change through which he can help us in a unique way, as one alongside us in the gift from the Father of the Spirit.
And in turn, with the help we receive from him, even the healing of our woundedness because of sin, we in turn in and through Jesus can become “wounded healers”. By the Spirit we can enter into something of the brokenness of others, and provide for them something of the Lord’s healing. Even as we continue to receive the same healing for ourselves in and through the wounds of our Lord.