The “Hurt” and the “Healer”

(Isaiah 53:3-5) 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. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed. 

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Today while in prayer, I was led to this passage of scripture by the Holy Spirit. This was in relation to a confession I made to God. This confession was not concerning some secret sin, or scandalous and tempting thought, but rather of pain, which I did not realize had been building below the surface of my life (for a while). The pain is a result of my sincere love for Jesus. I write this not as a boast, for how can I love Christ at all, lest He reveal his love to me, through the cross (Romans 5:8). This love created an intense desire to make Him known to my family, friends, neighbors, community, as well as those in the churches, I have been privileged to minister to over the years.

I suspect that whether you are a congregation member or minister, in either a lay or vocational capacity, your love for Jesus has ticked off more than a couple of people, within your sphere of influence. It is quite possible that you have been misunderstood, maligned, and mocked by those you love; even ostracized by family or community to the point of physical or emotional pain. For readers who live in areas of open persecution, this is all too real (know we pray for you and are encouraged by your walk of faith). In any case, if you endeavor to love Jesus with all your heart, at times… YOU HURT!

Sure we all want to declare “What people think about me does not matter!”, but realistically, if you are a member of the redeemed of the Lord, you do care. I do not believe the reason we care is wholly selfish, for to be rejected by anyone hurts. Yet to be rejected by those you desire to share the message of Jesus Christ with, the message that will change their life for the better now and forever, hurts even more. We must recognize that not only is the hurt from personal rejection, but from our Jesus being rejected, therefore it is hurt coming right from Christ’s heart.

(Isaiah 53:3) 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.

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As we can see from Isaiah 53:3, Jesus felt the sting of sorrow and hurt from being rejected by the world, His nation and religion and even His family. We see this truth reiterated in John 1:10-11, where we read “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him”. Later on in John 7:5 we see that our Lord’s own brothers, those He grew up with, did not believe in Him. The Gospel of Mark 3:20-35 reveals a cohort of family and friends who believed He was out of His mind.

We have little difficulty understanding that Jesus could feel the pain of the cross. What we often forget is the mental and emotion pain he endured as well, being rejected and cast out. Consider John 11, where Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus. The pain which caused His weeping was not over the death of His friend. Jesus knew four days earlier that His friend would die and that He would raise Him from the grave (John 11:1-14).

So why did our Savior weep? Because of the unbelief of Lazarus’ sisters. Weeping is brought on by real emotional hurt. Sweating blood is also brought on by real emotional pain.

(Luke 22:41-44) And as He was withdrawn from them about a stones throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will,take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Have you ever felt the overwhelming emotional despair of having to deal with consequences for simply living your life to serve God? Jesus understands, for He suffered it before you.

Have you ever felt the emotional pain of being despised and rejected by those you love and desire to reach with the message of Christ? Jesus understands, He suffered it before you!

Have you ever felt the sting of physical pain or the emotional stress of deprivation of true material needs, because you have taken a stand for your faith? Jesus understands, He suffered it before you!

But He did more than suffer it first, He suffered your pain for you…

(Isaiah 53:4-5) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him and by His wounds we are healed. 

Isaiah 53:4 is a prophetic scripture that was to be a land mark for the Jewish people, that Jesus was the Messiah, as it is quoted in Matthew 8:16-17. In addition to the initial fulfillment of what Isaiah declared by the Spirit concerning Christ, Isaiah  53:4 finds its ultimate fulfillment after the cross, in those who have come to Christ through faith.

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Let us remember that in his body on the tree, Jesus bore our sins and sorrows from physical and emotion brokenness (both are the result of Adam’s sin). Most Christians would agree that Jesus provided for the healing of the body in his atoning death on the cross. I Peter 2:24 declares “who Himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we who have died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed“. This of course begins in the here and now, as we are renewed inwardly day by day, which ought to affect our physical and emotional health; it is part of the process of sanctification (I Thessalonians 5:23). One day we will experience the fullness of this verse as we are with Christ forever, having been transformed and glorified in Christ.

Until that time, we will continue to experience hurt on behalf of our Savior. This is what I was confessing in my time of prayer. Sadly, for a while, maybe like you, I tried to convince myself I was beyond pain affecting me. Perhaps like me, you decided “I’m good, I’ve got Jesus, I can handle it”. But the only way  sorrows and griefs can be handled for our benefit, is by confessing to our Savior, “I Hurt”. Note I did not say, confessing to a friend, although that may help for a little while. Just remember, they may understand, but they did not bare your “griefsand carry your “sorrows“.

Today I was driven to prayer after being lost in thought concerning some people close to me, by whom I have been rejected for my faith. In that moment, I knew this was not about forgiveness, as I had no desire to be paid back or have an “I’m sorry” from them. No, it was a deep and rising grief. Therefore, I flew to prayer and told my Lord and my God, why I was hurting. As I the “HURT” spoke and the “HEALER” responded;

“I bore Your griefs and carried Your sorrows.” He continued “Not only do I understand, but you understand what I felt, on your behalf.”

With that answer, I felt the rising joy of God’s Spirit filling me afresh and began to sing…

Man of sorrows what a name
for the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned he stood,Related image
sealed my pardon with his blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;
blameless Lamb of God was he,
sacrificed to set us free:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

He was lifted up to die;
“It is finished” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

When he comes, our glorious King,
all his ransomed home to bring,
then anew this song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Let me encourage you, dear friends, Let the “HEALER” heal your “HURT”. Be encouraged, not only is their healing for the soul trampled for the sake of Jesus Christ, it is also the pathway of the greatest blessing in the universe.

(Philippians 3:10) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

About Michael J Erdel

Mike is a pastor with The Assembly of God Fellowship. He is the lead pastor at Encounter Church in Fostoria Ohio. His desire is to encourage the Church of Jesus Christ, and declare God's hope through His Son Jesus, to a world which is long on excuses and short on hope. Mike has experienced the truth that when we kneel before Christ, surrendering to Him as Savior and LORD, being led and empowered by His Spirit. To Jesus Christ be all glory and honor.
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3 Responses to The “Hurt” and the “Healer”

  1. Tim Shey says:

    By Tim Shey

    Brutal deathdance;
    My eyes weep blood.
    Pharisees smile like vipers,
    They laugh and mock their venom:
    Blind snakes leading
    The deaf and dumb multitude.

    Where are my friends?
    The landscape is dry and desolate.
    They have stretched my shredded body
    On this humiliating tree.

    The hands that healed
    And the feet that brought good news
    They have pierced
    With their fierce hatred.

    The man-made whip
    That opened up my back
    Preaches from a proper pulpit.
    They sit in comfort:
    That vacant-eyed congregation.
    The respected, demon-possessed reverend
    Forks his tongue
    Scratching itchy ears
    While Cain bludgeons
    Abel into silence.

    My flesh in tattered pieces
    Clots red and cold and sticks
    To the rough-hewn timber
    That props up my limp, vertical carcase
    Between heaven and earth.
    My life drips and puddles
    Below my feet,
    As I gaze down dizzily
    On merciless eyes and dagger teeth.

    The chapter-and-versed wolves
    Jeer and taunt me.
    Their sheepwool clothing
    Is stained black with the furious violence
    Of their heart of stone.
    They worship me in lip service,
    But I confess,
    I never knew them
    (Though they are my creation).

    My tongue tastes like ashes:
    It sticks to the roof of my mouth.
    I am so thirsty.
    This famine is too much for me.
    The bulls of Bashan have bled me white.
    Papa, into your hands
    I commend my Spirit.

    February/March 1997
    Iowa State University

    Genesis 49: 10: “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”

  2. He came in the flesh and felt our distress.
    Every spirit that confesses that He came in the flesh is of God. (I John 4:2)
    But every spirit that confesses not that Jesus came in the flesh is not of God (verse 3)
    It frustrated me to hear someone say she didn’t think Jesus suffered physical pain upon the cross. But that’s a big part of the gospel message.
    Thank you for the reminder.
    We need to always remember what He did for us.

    • Thank you so much for the comment. My favorite O.T. passage is Psalm 22. In this prophetic passage, concerning Messiah, David foretells the death of Christ with striking accuracy, about 850 to 900 years before Christ’s death. Jesus quoted verse 1 while on the cross, signifying He was fulfilling the prophecy. The entire Psalm reveals His resurrection and future glorious reign as well(Psalm 22:25-31). Be encouraged dear friend to live the resurrection of Jesus everyday and all day (Romans 8:11). May God bless you richly as you stay close to our Lord Jesus Christ-Mike

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