But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Our bodies are amazing creations, with so many things going on automatically, unseen by us. When we are injured, the systems of our bodies spring into action. Blood flow is regulated, skin cells regenerate, wounds close, bruises fade, broken bones fuse together. But imagine what it would be like if our bodies didn’t heal themselves. Every cut, bruise and broken bone would stay forever. We would probably all be in constant pain, and we wouldn’t be able to live a normal life, living in constant fear of causing permanent damage.
That is what we are like spiritually without Christ. Every sin is like a wound that never heals, marring our soul and leaving us in pain and misery. For the Christian, unconfessed sin is a festering wound, left open and bleeding. And unlike our bodies, our souls cannot heal themselves. But thankfully, there is a cure for all of these injuries. His name is Jesus, and He offers us a full cleansing and healing for the painful wound of sin—through His own injuries and suffering.
Some of our wounds may leave scars behind. And although we will always have a reminder, the scar still represents a healed wound. In the same way, sin scars our lives, and sometimes we may have to live with permanent consequences. But if we ask forgiveness, the work of Christ closes the wound, binds together the rough edges, builds new skin on top, gives us renewal in our souls. The blood of Christ soothes the pain, and we know we are healed, forgiven, and free.
Wounds and injuries take time to heal, but God offers us instant healing when we go before Him with humble hearts to repent of our sins. And though our bodies may be battered and bruised, perhaps even scarred or permanently injured, we can be assured that our souls are whole as we rest in Christ’s forgiveness. And though we could never comprehend the full extent of His suffering, we can know the joy that comes from His healing.