But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities
Isaiah 53: 5
Doctors look for wounds that need healing. Some are visible and obvious. Most are invisible. Sometimes the doctor is not even sure what wounds they are looking for as the patient won’t or can’t reveal where the hurt is. The doctor needs to probe the surface and then peel away the layers, deeper and deeper, until it is found.
Some wounds are never identified as the patient has no intention of letting them be discovered. The suffering, intense as it is, remains unrelieved and unknowable.
Not so the wounds described in Isaiah, revealed as our tender God unfurls layer by layer, willingly exposing His selfless bruised core.