Merging faith with Jesus by Pastor Ron

Pierced


Anyone who has ever had their ear (or some other body part) pierced or got a tattoo understands that these events leave a permanent mark on one’s body. Sure you can take the earring out, but the mark remains. Tattoos are hard to cover up. Their design remains imprinted in your skin for the rest of your life.

James Langteaux, writes in his book God.com, “In the ancient world, a slave wore an earring as a sign that someone or something else controlled him. It was a covenant fomed in blood. With the piercing of the flesh came shedding of blood. After the piercing and the bloodshedding, the slave wore a ring to symbolize the covenant with the master.” The Bible describes this practice in Deuteronomy 15:16-17. A buddy of mine in college got his ear pierced for that reason. He wanted to show the world that he was a servant for Jesus and bound to him forever.

I’m not sure I had such noble reasons when I got my ear pierced as a freshman in college. I got it done because I thought it was cool. I still do. Yet, as the years roll on and I see my pierced ear in the mirror every morning, I’ve come to sense that my piercing has developed a more spiritual significance than that.

First of all, I’ve come to realize that I’m a pierced person…and I’m not just talking about my earring either. Over 10 years ago I was pierced right through my heart when my wife, at the time, left me in an affair with a friend and member of the church that I was serving. They even had a baby on the way before she filed for divorce. Thanks to God’s awesome healing love I made it through the ordeal. Yet, it has left a permanent mark on my life. I’m a wounded healer and every time I see the holes in my ear I’m reminded that since God saw me through that heart piercing, I need to lend a healing hand to those I meet who have also experienced emotional and spiritual piercings in the lives.

Secondly, I serve a pierced Savior! When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, spikes were driven into his hands and feet. All of our sins pierced his heart and he experienced the weight and pain of sin bodily and spiritually. And at the cross, his piercing healed ours. The love of God, shed through Jesus Christ on the cross, the Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 2:13-14, “forgave us all our sins.” “He took it away nailing it to the cross.” This forgiveness of your sin and mine was not a temporary thing. It is a permanent thing. Christ’s death marks you and me for life! Nothing can take that love away once we put our faith in Jesus. Nothing!

Yet, John 20:24-29 recounts that after Easter, when Jesus had risen from the dead, he still bore the marks of the cross in his hands and feet. Those marks helped Thomas to believe that Jesus really had risen from the dead. When I see the holes in my ear I am reminded that I serve a pierced Savior who was pierced for my sin to give me new life today.

That brings me back to my friend in college who got his ear pierced to represent that he was bound to Jesus for life. Perhaps his reasoning wasn’t that flawed after all. If a little hole in my ear can remind me of Jesus, and the way that I’ve been pierced and called to touch those who’ve been hurt by the world, then maybe a little reminder that my life is bound to serving Jesus isn’t such a bad thing.

It’s called living faith outside of the box!

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