From the archives…Easter 2012
People react differently to scars depending on their origins. If it’s from a sports wound, a c-section or even a gunshot wound obtained in the line of duty, the scar may be displayed proudly like a trophy serving as a positive reminder of one of the happiest or bravest moments of your life. Regrettably, some scars are not so glamorous. The ones from the wounds of physical abuse inflicted by another or self or even the emotional wounds that haunt the bearer bringing shame and regret.
In His 33 years on earth, Jesus was wounded. His friends betrayed Him repeatedly, authorities sought to discredit Him everywhere He went, He was falsely accused, beaten and brutally killed. His wounds were deep. His scars plentiful. The 39 lashes that crossed His back and ripped the skin with each recoil of the cat of nine tails. Nails pierced His hands and feet securing Him to the hard, splintery cross. The crown of thorns used to mock Him penetrated His skull as soldiers shoved it further into His head with each blow as they struck Him over and over again. Then finally, the wound from the sword that punctured His side to prove, “It was finished” as He proclaimed. The astounding part of this for me is that He could have stopped all this at any time yet He endured. Why? Because Isaiah prophesied that by His wounds we would be healed. (Isaiah 53:5) Jesus knew that all scripture must be fulfilled and He was the One-the Chosen Messiah. (Mark 14:49)
When Jesus was resurrected three days later, the scars from those wounds were the proof that He was (and is) the risen Savior whose blood cleansed and covered all our scars and skeletons. By His wounds you are healed.
What if Jesus had hidden His scars?
When you become a child of God, you are given the power to overcome-the power to endure. At that moment, you are truly forgiven for all sins and screw ups. Sometimes, though, those screw ups leave some pretty nasty and unsightly scars. Our natural human instinct is to cover or hide our scars from the world. But what if your wounds could help heal another? As we share our stories (our testimonies) we help people with the same struggles identify with us giving us the opportunity to point them to Jesus- the One who truly heals.