My Grandfathers Faith
Sermons by Lorin Frank Corliss
Title: A WOUNDED CHRIST
Folder: Holiness
Subject: holiness
Message delivered:K.E. holiness meeting 1/14/23, U.I. 8/19/23, 5/4/24.
Passage: Zechariah 13:1-7

 Zec 13:1-7  "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. 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. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones."

"What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." Zech. 13:6

   The tragic significance of this text provides food for serious spiritual reflection. 'He came unto His own and His own received Him not.' Wounded in the house of His friends. Can it be possible ? Yes it is painfully possible.

Not only has Christ been wounded on the cross, Christ has been wounded by-

1. Defective consecration ' One thing thou lackest.'
2. Half hearted service.
3. Alliance with the world.
4. Pleasure loving more than God loving.
5. Being self centered.

    These things all wound Christ, and result in a prayerless life, fruitless experience, faithless profession, and a joyless service.

2. We might say, Christ is wounded by sinful acts, crime, injury to people, and other bad acts. These things do wound Christ, and He pleads with the sinner to quit his sinning and be born again, but these are not the only things which wound Christ.

   Wounded in the house of His friends:  People who have passed from death to life, who all things have passed away and all things have become new, even these people wound Christ often.

3. The great thought which demonstrated His love, that 'He was wounded for our transgressions,' is still, but being that He "WAS" wounded for our transgressions, why wound Him afresh ?

   He says ye are My friends if ye do whatsoever I command you.  Calvary was made all the harder for Christ because of Peter's denial, and Gethsemane was darker because of the prayerlessness of His disciples.

   Let us search our hearts, and if God's search light reveals anything which would woumd Him, have it removed, and have it resolved that-

Love so amazing, so Divine, shall have your soul, your life, your all.

   LFC.