This week I thought about a story that I read by Carol Davis of the Proverbs 31 Ministry. (Oct. 5, 2011) She went into a discount grocery store, walked down an isle and saw a bin that read: “Damaged Goods” the bin was full of cans, some were dented, some were crushed a bit, and some had no labels on them. She said that when she saw these cans she saw herself; bruised, dented, dropped, no label and damaged. She reached down chose one of the cans that had no label on it, and purchased it. When she got it home and opened it, to her surprise, there were peaches inside — she loved peaches — she tasted them and they were delicious and very sweet. She thanked God and ate her peaches with a smile.
As I thought about her story, I thought about how much it not only echoed some of our lives, but more than anything else, it echoed the life of Jesus Christ, truly there was no one more damaged than he. Jesus was bruised, dented, dropped and damaged more than anyone that has ever been or will ever be born on this earth, and yet he remained sweet. This is what Isaiah 53:2b-5 says.
2 For Jesus [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [the punishment that would bring us peace and well-being] was upon Him, and with the stripes (wounds and bruises) we are healed and made whole.
So we see all the damage Jesus received — and he said that he received this damage from the hands of his friends (that’s you and me) — he still remained sweet to us, and died for our sins with a smile.