Summary: As part of the Christian's Heart series, this sermon looks at the heart quality of being a wounded healer. It looks at the ultimate wounded healer, Jesus, and is a heart of of compassion, a heart of a giver, and a heart of faith.
A Christian’s Heart
“A Wounded Healer’s Heart”
In our series on the heart of a Christian we’re looking at those qualities that every Christian needs and should have. Today’s is no exception; in fact, it’s vital in our sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
The overall call that we’ve been given is to be like Christ, to follow Him and the example He lays out for us. This means that we need to be wounded healers like Christ who identifies with human pain and suffering, becoming a channel for healing.
Christ through His brokenness and wounds heals our pain and binds up our wounds.
His power to heal is off the chain, it’s greater than all the medicines combined. His ability to speak peace into our hearts is greater than whatever peace the world can give, and His power bring joy is greater than anything this world can ever offer.
Compassion and caring is at the heart of God, therefore it needs to be a core ingredient of our own hearts.
Healing is needed on many levels today. People are emotionally and/or physically wounded although they’ve become pretty adept at hiding it.
Loneliness, despair, disappointment, discouragement, depression and/or aggression, all are symptoms of deep wounds that have never truly been healed, and while Jesus came to heal all of our diseases, he has called those who are His people to be those healers as well, even though we’ve been wounded ourselves. Now, we don’t heal the people, what we do, however, is point them to Jesus, the ultimate wounded healer.
The Lord reveals this about the coming Messiah. He’s this wounded healer of Isaiah 53.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus is the ultimate wounded healer. As He walked upon the earth He healed people of their hurts and diseases. He healed them not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually as well.
“Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons.” (Mark 1:34a NKJV)
We are also told of the coming Messiah that He would heal those who are brokenhearted, Isaiah 61:1, the very Scriptural passage Jesus used of His own ministry.
Why did Jesus have to become wounded in order to heal? The reason is so that He can sympathize and help us through whatever we’re going through.
And what this means is that we don’t have to face the pain alone.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NKJV)
How else could Jesus have been that perfect substitute sacrifice for us without going through it Himself.
Jesus took on the form of a human being, one with all its physical limitations. He chose to suffer, feeling the same pain; knowing the same grief; and being hurt just like us.
He was our wounded healer because He understood what it was to be hated, despised, rejected, abused, and what it meant to be an outcast even amongst His own people.
“He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3 NKJV)
And on top of it all He carried the sin and sorrow of the whole world as He hung upon the cross, taking our place and dying the death we all deserve as it says that the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23, and all of us have sinned.
Jesus was beaten, bruised and deeply wounded, so that He would be able to heal us of sin, which is the most potent hurt of them all.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’” (1 Peter 2:24 NIV)
And so we are to come to our wounded healer, Jesus, to be healed of our wounds, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
And it’s with this same heart, a wounded healer’s heart that He has called for us to minister to all those who He has place within our sphere of influence.
As I look at this, there are several aspects of having a wounded healer’s heart.
1. A Heart of Compassion
In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Luke there’s a very powerful scene.
Jesus was approaching the city of Nain where he encounters a large procession of mourners carrying the body of a mother’s only son. Seeing her obvious grief it say that Jesus had compassion on her. He touched the coffin and said, “Arise,” and the young man sat up and began to speak.