Wounding the Saviour

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

Zechariah 13:6

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter.  And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

Luke 61-62

I know that I wrote about this verse (Zechariah 13:6) last Saturday, but I just can’t get away from it and the thought that it contains.  In the future, someone will see Jesus and will ask Him about the wounds in His hands.  He will reply that they are “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”  He was betrayed by His own people.  And, as Christians, that is what we do when we take our eyes off of Him and sin.

Peter knew all too well the pain that this type of failure would bring.  He is the one who bragged that He would stand by the Lord Jesus to the end.  And, just as Jesus had said, Peter had vehemently denied even knowing Him three times before the night was over.  Jesus didn’t need to scold Peter.  He didn’t need to punish him severely.  All He needed to do was look at Peter.  That look brought to Peter the realization that He had denied the Lord and that he had wounded Him.  The deepest and most painful wounds are often those emotional wounds inflicted by those closest to us.

Peter felt the pain of wounding His Lord, and “went out and wept bitterly.”  When we fail the Lord, how does it effect us?  Have we ever “gone out and wept bitterly” over our own sin?  This is a convicting thought to me and thinking about it makes me want to work even harder to avoid any sin that would “wound the Saviour.”

4 responses to this post.

  1. It’s a convicting thought to me too! Thank you for sharing this verse again, even if you did write about it last Saturday :).


  2. I’m glad that He had you visit this again. Every time my words aren’t as gentle and kind as they should and could be . . .I feel like I wound Him. God bless you , Ben, as we submit ourselves to Him more and more.


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