"O WOUNDED FEET OF JESUS"
"And when He had thus spoke, He showed them His hands and His feet" (Lk. 24:40)
INTRO.: A song which figuratively pictures the feet of Jesus, wounded on the cross, as seeking after us today is "O Wounded Feet of Jesus." The text was written by an unknown author. It is sometimes, and probably erroneously, attributed to the composer of the tune, William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921). He provided melodies for many well known texts by various authors, including "A Blessing in Prayer," "O Spread the Tidings ‘Round," "Give Me Thy Heart," "I Am Not Skilled to Understand," "Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah!", "He Hideth My Soul," "Jesus Understands," "Lead Me to Calvary," "Meet Me There," "O To Be Like Thee," "Redeemed, How I Love to Proclaim It," "Stepping in the Light," "’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus," "We Have an Anchor," "Welcome for Me," "When Love Shines In," "For Christ and the Church," "In the Hush of Early Morning," "The Lord Is in His Holy Temple," "Who Will Follow Jesus?", and "Jesus Saves;" arrangements for "Blessed Be the Name," "My Faith Has Found a Resting Place," "We’ll Work Till Jesus Comes," and "On the Cross of Calvary; " and both words and music for a few songs, including "Lord, I’m Coming Home," "Saved to the Uttermost," and "O For a Soul, Aglow with Love." I have been unable to find any other information about the origin or first publication of "O Wounded Feet of Jesus," which apparently was intended for male quartet. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, it appeared in the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 edited by E. L. Jorgenson. Today it may be found in the 1977 Special Sacred Selections edited by Ellis J. Crum with an arrangement by the editor; and in the 1978/1983 Church Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard.
The song asks the Jesus, the Savior who came to seek the lost, died for our sins, and is now enthroned in heaven to intercede for us.
I. Stanza 1 is addressed to the feet of Jesus
"O wounded feet of Jesus, So weary seeking me,
Stand at God’s bar of judgment And intercede for me;
Stand at God’s bar of judgment And intercede for me."
A. We might think metaphorically of Jesus as using His feet, which were wounded on the cross, to seek us just as the shepherd sought the lost sheep: Matt. 18:11-14
B. His feet now stand at God’s bar of judgment and will, of course, be there at the final judgment because God will judge the world in righteousness through Him: Acts 17:30-31
C. However, now, we can call upon Him, as He stands before His father, to intercede for us: Heb. 7:25
II. Stanza 2 is addressed to the hands of Jesus
"Those precious hands, O Jesus, Once lifted on the tree–
Lift up those hands in heaven And intercede for me;
Lift up those hands in heaven And intercede for me."
A. The hands of Jesus were once lifted on the tree and nailed to accomplish His crucifixion: Jn. 20:25-27
B. Those hands are now in heaven where Jesus is our High Priest, seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty: Heb. 8:1
C. Therefore, He now intercedes for us as our Mediator between God and man: 1 Tim. 2:5
III. Stanza 3 is addressed to Jesus Himself as our Savior
"O living, risen Savior, From death and sorrow free,
Though throned in endless glory, Still intercede for me;
Though throned in endless glory, Still intercede for me."
A. Jesus is the living, risen Savior who is now from death and sorrow free: Acts 5:30-31
B. As our Savior, He is throned in endless glory: Acts 2:30
C. And He intercedes for us as our Advocate with the Father: 1 Jn. 2:1-2
CONCL.: There might be those who would object to some of the wording in the song, but if we understand the symbolism involved, there should be no difficulty. This little song is probably not very well known, but it expresses the "holy desire" to look to Jesus as our Mediator, Advocate, and High Priest to intercede for His people before the throne of God, as the Bible teaches that He will do. That is all the song really means as it addresses the Lord and says, "O Wounded Feet of Jesus."