Your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing. There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you. All your allies have forgotten you; they care nothing for you …your guilt is so great and your sins so many … But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:12-14,17
Before we hear the good news we must face the bad news. In this passage from Jeremiah, Israel is plainly told that even though her wound is fatal and that every accusation against her is justified, the Lord is going to bring restoration and health.
It has been a little over five years ago that a woman in Connecticut was viciously attacked by an enraged chimpanzee, leaving her bloodied, blind, and disfigured. Her story and the horrendous injuries she suffered shocked the nation. Images of her ordeal still startle us. She was beyond hope but was rushed to the hospital and a 20 hour surgical marathon was performed by a remarkable team of more than 30 doctors and nurses to give her a new face and a chance to live.
The horrifying truth about sin is that I am morally disfigured by it, and there is no hope for me. Our wounds are startling. But God has now undertaken to do what seems impossible, to make me whole again. Even now, if you could capture the condition of my soul on a photo, it probably would not impress you. But if you knew how really bad the wound of sin was, how awful the injuries of iniquity were, you would be amazed that I am even alive.
Paul describes our injured state in Titus 3:3-5, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another but when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.”
Whatever your injuries are, there is healing for you through Christ, our Great Physician. The church of Jesus Christ is ready for you. A remarkable team is waiting to care for you. They, too, know how ugly sin can be but have found healing in Christ’s forgiveness. If sin has injured you this week, rush yourself to Him, rush yourself into the nearest hospital of the saints so that you can get the gospel of Jesus Christ for your wounds, and the joy of the Holy Spirit in your heart. I praise God for His gospel and His church, a hospital for the saints, recovering sinners who are being made whole again through the grace of Jesus Christ!