Telling the moving story of King Edward VIII in his early life visiting wounded soldiers in hospital. This tract speaks not only of the soldier wounded - and prepared to die - for his king, but of a king wounded for His subjects. The sinless Son of God took the sinner's place, faced the sinner's sentence and dealt with the sinner's guilt. He died and then rose from the grave!
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King Edward VIII is best known as the king who was never crowned. He succeeded to the throne in January 1936, but abdicated before that year was over. It is said that earlier in his life, while Prince of Wales, he arranged to visit a hospital in London where 36 of the most badly-injured soldiers from the First World War were being treated. The doctor in charge met him and took him around. The Prince stopped at every bed in the ward and spoke to every man. He gave a word of encouragement and thanked each soldier for his sacrifice. Then, turning to the doctor, he said: ‘Doctor! You told me there were 36 badlywounded men: I have only seen 30 in this ward. Where are the other six?’ 'Your Highness!’, said the doctor, ‘the others are in such a poor condition that we thought it best to spare you the pain of visiting them.’ ‘But doctor, I must see them all, every one.’ So they went into another ward where lay five men, terribly wounded and disfigured, some of them blind, some having lost limbs, and all just physical wrecks. The Prince was deeply moved, and showed his affection for every man there. ‘But where is the thirty-sixth man?’ he asked. ‘I must see him also.’ The doctor, understanding that the Prince was not to be deterred, led him into a side ward in which lay a young man. He was in a dreadful condition—blind, disfigured, maimed. The Prince, stooping down, kissed the young man on the forehead, and as he rose, with tears streaming his cheeks, he turned to the doctor and said, ‘Doctor, wounded for me, wounded for me!' With the passage of time, the accuracy of this story is difficult to establish, but, if true, how touching! A soldier wounded - and prepared to die - for his King. No wonder the Prince was moved! This story is, however, a faint illustration of another - and this one is unquestionably true. Centuries before the Lord Jesus died on the Cross, the prophet Isaiah described the method and meaning of His death in incredible detail: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). The Lord Jesus was wounded by men. They whipped His back. They pressed a crown of thorns upon His head. They hammered nails through His hands and feet. What sufferings were His! But there were deeper sufferings, more awful wounds than these! "Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow, which is done unto Me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted Me in the day of His fierce anger" (Lamentations 1:12). The Lord Jesus faced agony and abandonment, darkness, distance and death. The King was wounded for His subjects. The sinless Son of God took the sinner's place, faced the sinner's sentence and dealt with the sinner's guilt. He died and then rose from the grave! A message touching in its terms - and personal in its application. I need to respond individually to His love, His work, His offer and trust in Him for salvation. If I do, then like the Apostle Paul I will be able to confess: "The Son of God ... loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). If I do, then like the hymn writer I will be able to sing: "Wounded for me, wounded for me, There on the cross He was wounded for me; Gone my transgressions, and now I am free, All because Jesus was wounded for me." Fraser A Munro