In his book, “If I Were God I’d End All Pain,” John Dickson tells the story about speaking on the theme "The Wounds of God" at a university campus. After his presentation, the audience was allowed to ask questions. Rather quickly, a man in his mid-30s, who was a Muslim leader at the university, stood up and expressed how preposterous the idea was of God having wounds. He referred to God as the "Creator of Causes," and that a lesser entity could not possibly cause Him pain. In that man’s estimation, what Dickson spoke was blasphemy, according to the Koran.
Dickson later wrote, “I had no knock-down argument, no witty comeback. The debate was probably too amicable for either approach anyway. In the end, I simply thanked him for demonstrating for the audience the radical contrast between the Islamic conception of God and that described in the Bible. What the Muslim denounces as blasphemy the Christian holds as precious: God has wounds.
This week’s daily readings in Mark feature, in particular, the God who has wounds. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “We preach Christ crucified . . . the power of God and the wisdom of God . . . . I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
It’s my prayer that this coming weekend we will see the crucified Christ in a whole new light. I can’t think of a better weekend to bring someone with you to hear the gospel. Please do! His wounds have everything to do with our healing.
Grace and Peace,
See You This Weekend!
Posted on Thu, November 13, 2014
by Chris Seidman