The Deep Wounds
What is a wound?
A wound is an injury or hurt to someone feelings.
What is a scar?
A mark left by a healed wound.
I was talking with a friend today and we were talking about ministry. This thought just hit me out of nowhere and it is this: Your deepest wound is usually where your ministry is birthed after the healing has taken place. I did not think anything about it at first but the more I pondered the thought, the more it spoke to me and my eyes came open to the underlying message of the statement.
Now, a wound is an injury or hurt to someone feelings. Wounds are beneath the surface. Not many people like to talk about their wounds. The reason why so many Christians never get healed of their wounds is because they are hidden within themselves, they hurt and are painful. I read a book once about the Titanic and it said, “the iceberg that sunk the Titanic was beneath the surface not above the surface.” The wounds that are hidden in our lives will sink us of our joy and testimony if we do not bring them to the surface. Wounds hurt and are painful, but once they come to the top they need to be taken care of or you will sink.
Now, a scar is a mark left by a healed wound. Wounds take time to heal but once healed they become a scar. Scars are closed off but a reminder of the wound. It reminds us of what happened but it is covered and healed. Scars are our testimonies in our life. Scars are our pasts that are healed by the grace of God and a daily reminder of what was accomplished on the cross.
Now the best part! Taking it to the word! While thinking and pondering on the topic of wounds, scars, and ministry, I was reminded of the cross and doubting Thomas. Let’s break down what I said earlier, “your deepest wound is usually where your ministry is birthed after the healing has taken place”. Jesus’ wound was the cross that he carried for every one of us. The sin of the world was upon his shoulders. His body was an open wound, which was beaten and spat on. He even says in Matthew 27:46, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” But his father knew the cross was his ministry in order for people to be free of their wounds. He had to suffer for the sins of this world. He had to become a wound for this world in order to have a scar for the world.
This is the best part the scar: After Jesus died and rose again he appeared to his disciples but Thomas doubted his appearance. Lets look at John 20:24-29(NKJV)  Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” The verse I really want to focus on is verse 25, “unless I see in His hands the print of nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Thomas doubted the wounds of Jesus were healed but eight days later Jesus shows up and tells Thomas to put his finger on his scars. WOW!!!!! Jesus came back completly healed. His wounds became scars and were completely healed. His scars are the reminder of the cross and the resurrection. Think about that!
His deepest wound was the cross, which lead him into his ministry but his resurrection is his scar. He knew that he would have to suffer through the wounds (the cross) in order to be healed. Jesus had to become a wound, so we could become a scar to a wounded world. This means we are the testimony of the cross and we are his vessels to go out and proclaim the gospel to those wounded around us. We are scars for the sake of the gospel! The world needs to see our scars so they can believe just like Thomas believed because he saw.