Date written: April 7th, 2007 Scripture ref: Psalm 22:11-21
TITLE: The Hand That Was Wounded
PROPOSITION: The hand that was wounded 1) Brought compassion, mercy, and forgiveness, 2) Bled for the sins of the world, 3) Broke the bondage of sin, 4) Binds us together in brotherhood.
OBJECTIVE: That each would appreciate what Jesus accomplished for us with his hands.
1. Read: Psalm 22:11-21
2. About the Text:
1) Psalm 22 along with Isaiah 53 were prophetic of the suffering of the Messiah.
2) In Psalm 22, we find in the last part of verse 16 this short sentence. "They pierced my hands and my feet."
3) When we turn to Luke 23:33 we read that it was at the place called Calvary that they crucified Jesus.
4) He was nailed to the cross by his hands and his feet.
5) Jesus hands were indeed pierced and wounded!
3. The song…
1) We have in our songbook a song, "The Hand That Was Wounded" (#636).
2) Taking that thought, let us look at the hand that was wounded for me.
4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.
DISCUSSION: The hand that was wounded . . .
I. Brought compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.
1) Because of their spiritual condition. Matthew 9:36 "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd."
2) Because of their physical condition. Matthew 14:14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."
3) In his capacity as High Priest he continues to have compassion. Hebrews 5:2 teaches us that it was the job of the high priest to "…have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way…."
1) Many often requested mercy from Jesus and it was granted (Matthew 9:27-two blind men, Matthew 15:22-demon possessed daughter, Matthew 17:15-demon possessed man).
2) Jesus taught us to be merciful to others (Matthew 5:7-blessed are the merciful, Matthew 12:7-I will have mercy and not sacrifice, Matthew 23:23-scribes and Pharisees omitted mercy, Luke 10:37-good Samaritan showed mercy).
1) Matthew 9:6 "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,)Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house."
2) Luke 7:47-48 "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven."
4. The hand that was wounded brought compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.
II. Bled for the sins of the world.
1. Jesus was crucified.
1) Matthew 27:35 "And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots."
2) Mark 15:25 "And it was the third hour, and they crucified him."
3) Luke 23:33 says, "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left."
4) John 19:17-18 "And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst."
2. When Jesus was crucified, his hands and feet were nailed to the cross.
1) The method of crucifixion was brutal.
2) The soldiers would nail the victims to the cross.
3) The hands would be nailed stretched out and the feet nailed together.
4) Jesus later presented both his hands and his feet as evidence that He was risen from the dead.
5) In Luke 24:39-40 we read, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet."
6) We also know the story of Thomas who said, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe" (John 20:25).
7) Jesus said to Thomas, "Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27).
8) Blood indeed came forth from those wounded hands.
3. Peter speaks of how we were redeemed with that blood.
1) 1 Peter 1:18, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
2) Hebrews 13:12 says, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate."
3) Colossians 1:14 says, " In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins"
4. The hand that was wounded bled for the sins of the world.
III. Broke the bondage of sin.
1. Sin captures.
1) 2 Timothy 2:25-26 teaches that sin is the snare of the devil and it captures those who commit it.
2) Hebrews 2:15 says that those who feared the power of death, which is sin (1 Corinthians 15:56), were all their lifetimes subject to bondage.
3) In John 8:34, Jesus said, "…Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
4) 2 Peter 2:19 "…for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."
2. Through believing Jesus' teaching we have freedom.
1) John 8:31-32 "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
2) John 8:36 "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
3) Romans 6:18 "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
4) Romans 8:2 "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."
3. The hand that was wounded broke the bondage of sin.
IV. Binds us together in brotherhood.
1. He broke the barrier between Jews and Gentiles.
1) Ephesians 2:13-16 "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: "
2) Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God."
2. He broke down social barriers.
1) Galatians 3:28-29 says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise."
2) Colossians 3:10-11 states, "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. "
3. He builds us up together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
1) Ephesians 2:20-22 "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit."
2) Ephesians 4:12 tells us that Jesus gave some gifts "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
3) 2 Peter 1:5-7 teaches us how to grow in relationship to one another. "And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity."
4. He is not ashamed to call us His brethren (Hebrews 2:11).
5. The hand that was wounded binds us together in brotherhood.
1. The hand that was wounded . . .
1) Brought compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.
2) Bled for the sins of the world.
3) Broke the bondage of sin.
4) Binds us together in brotherhood.