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From: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 8:22 AM
Subject: healed by a wound
1 Peter 2: "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."
What a paradox...to be healed by a wound. How can that make sense? A wound is an injury...an intentional injury. It is the opposite of health and healing. Jesus was wounded severely, leading up to His death on the cross. His physical wounds became the path for spiritual healing. There is a point of departure where the physical can go no further. The physical body has limits. It is wonderfully formed and designed to thrive for a lifetime on planet Earth. But the physical body cannot carry anyone beyond this dimension of living. And in our physical bodies we also carry and transmit a rebellion from our maker. We needed God to provide a bridge from the limits and flaws of our physical bodies to another dimension of living. Jesus provided this bridge. As God, living in human flesh, his suffering and death alone could put an end to the ravages of sin's rebellion and create a way for us to move from the limits of this physical life to the freedom of an eternal life. We needed to be healed by a wound. And we need to trust that this bridge will hold us as we walk across it to the Lord.