(John 20:27 NIV) ""Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.""
(Isaiah 53:5 NIV) "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."
After His death, the resurrected Christ showed the disciples His scars. He didn’t lament them -- He lauded them and displayed them. They were symbols of His victory. If Jesus lives in victory with scars, so can we. We all come to Christ wounded. If we weren’t wounded, we probably wouldn’t come to Christ. In His mercy, Jesus stops the bleeding and saves our life, but the scars from those wounds remain. We may see our scars as a curse, but they are actually powerful statements about God’s healing power. They are a testimony to the trauma we survived by the grace of God. They speak of His healing and redeeming power. They remind us of who we were before Christ, and offer great incentive not to return to the “old days”. Our scars speak volumes about God’s great love for us and His power to heal, forgive, and restore. Thank God for your scars today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day