A very good football player…at least he was before the 4th of July.
On the 4th of July he arranged to have a U-Haul full of fireworks brought to his residence for the annual celebration.
Some of those fireworks ended the celebration by blowing most of his right hand off.
That’s hard to write, let alone think about very long.
The rest of the JPP story should be about his recovery, rehab, and hopefully,his return to the field.
That’s only been part of the story, though.
The bigger, sicker, part of the story has been about people wanting to see his (now mangled) hand.
News outlets have been frantically competing to be the first to have a picture of the results of the awful accident.
JPP has been understandably reticent about showing them…he has not healed either physically or emotionally from the trauma experienced.
We don’t care.
We want to see his wounds.
It is a vulgar and cruel desire.
It is not enough to hear of them…no, he must show them.
We do not want to view them out of any love or concern for him.
We want to see them to mock them, make jokes about them, and discuss them as if we knew what it was like to carry them.
We will hound him until he acquiesces, irregardless of the personal cost to him.
Once our curiosity has been satisfied and all the mockery made that can be made, we will expect his recovery.
If he tarries in getting well, we will move on to the next victim.
We will move on, but he will live with his wounds forever.
We do the same thing to each other in our families and sadly, in the church.
We see those who have wounded themselves carelessly through sin or have been wounded by the careless sin of others and we demand a showing.
We do not want to see the damage to out of love or concern, but to judge.
If they do not recover quickly or well, they too are disposed of.
In the scriptures, Thomas wanted to see the wounds of his Lord.
His was a different demand because he knew that those were the scars that provided his own healing.
Thomas didn’t have to wait for anyone to find a drawing of Jesus’s wounds… the Lord came Himself and displayed them for him.
Jesus still comes to show them.
He comes in the midst of the mockery and judgment, He comes to you with his wounds.
He comes to heal.
Show Him yours…He’ll show you His.
Blessed are those who believe without seeing..
Make your own application…