JESUS AND HIS FIVE WOUNDS
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
(Isaiah 53:5 KJV) 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.
Wounds: Webster’s dictionary says this…’An injury to the body that involver
laceration or breaking of the skin.’
According to a classification by the
medical profession, wounds are shown in at least five ways:
CONTUSED, LACERATED, PENETRATING, PERFORATING, and an INCISED WOUND.
The amazing thing here that in the phrase ‘He was wounded..’ there is included
all the five wounds concerning the suffering of Christ.
I. THE CONTUSED WOUND.
A wound produced by a blunt instrument, a blow, by a rod.
(Micah 5:1 KJV)
Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against
us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
This was fulfilled in:
(Mat 26:67 KJV) Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others
smote him with the palms of their hands,
the margin in some bibles says ‘rods’
(John 18:22 KJV) And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by
struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying,…
(Mat 27:30 KJV) And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the
II. THE LACERATED WOUND…
A wound produced by a tearing instrument.
A. Lacerations in Jesus suffering
were produced by scourging or whipping. The scourge was made of thongs each
tipped with bone or metal.
1. In the hands of an expert the recipient could
2. (Psalm 129:3 KJV) The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their
(Isaiah 50:6 KJV) I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them
that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
This was fulfilled in:
(Mat 27:26 KJV) Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged
Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (John 19:1 KJV) Then Pilate therefore
took Jesus, and scourged him.
III. THE PENETRATING WOUND…
‘A wound produced by a sharp pointed instrument.’
A. The crown of thorns produced this kind of wound upon the head of Jesus. It is
said the Jerusalem thorn bore sharp spike like projections up to 4 inches (10
cc) in length.
(Mat 27:29 KJV) And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon
his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and
mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
(John 19:2 KJV) And the soldiers
platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple
IV. THE PERFORATING….
A wound produced by a piercing instrument.
A. Perforating comes from a Latin
word ‘to pierce through’.
(Psalm 22:16 KJV) For dogs have compassed me: the
assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
B. The nails were driven into Jesus’ hands and feet. They were driven between
the bones, separation, perforating the flesh. The way Jesus died was not a
(Zechariah 13:6 KJV) And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in
thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house
of my friends.
1. The crucifixion of Jesus and the painful death was foreknown,
and the decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem was with perfect
knowledge, even to the types of the wounds.
V. THE INCISED WOUND…
A deep cut produced by a sharp edged instrument.
(John 19:34 KJV) But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and
forthwith came there out blood and water.
A. This wound was the last one upon
the body of Jesus and was inflicted with the practiced hand of the Roman soldier
to make certain that whatever life was present would be put out. This wound was
quite large, for in:
(John 20:27 KJV) Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy
finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my
side: and be not faithless, but believing.
1. Jesus told Thomas to thrust his
hand into His side. The very spear that pierced His side drew blood to save the
2. John was very perceptive there at the cross to note, ‘water and
3. From the writings of a Christian doctor… “We may surely engage our
attention on the water that flowed from the pericardium, and the blood that
flowed from the heart.”
a. 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.
b. How could John distinguish such a small quantity of water? From a statement
from the works of Mallory and Wrights Pathological Technique… “The normal amount
of the pericardial fluid is about a teaspoon, but may be increased to about 24
teaspoons where death and agony is prolonged.”
B. The last wound upon the body of Jesus proclaims both the purification and
redemption of the sinner.
This is a testimony and
confirmation of the intense suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ. Who did He do it for? You and I!
May the meditation of our hearts upon the five wounds of Jesus deepen our
love for Him who was ‘wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our
Let us be like Thomas in John 20:28 and cry out as he did in worship and
adoration - “My Lord and My God!”
God bless you and yours, remember to Smile, why? Because God loves you, He
God bless you and yours!
On behalf of this generation,
Your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades
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