There are many scars I have witnessed - Our Saviors scars, scars of others and my own scars. Some scars are hidden inside where no one sees. Other scars are on the outside, visible reminders of the place of pain and wounding. How do I feel about them? Am I repulsed or disgusted? Am I defined or identified by them? Do I still feel pain when I remember? Do I keep them buried deep inside hoping if I keep them hidden long enough that somehow, they might be forgotten or just disappear?
How does Jesus feel about His scars long after the wounding and torture? Even now He still can see the marks on His body. What does He think about as He looks upon His hands and feet? Did He ever feel ashamed, ugly, damaged? The word says, He sympathizes with our weakness, our frailty; He is acquainted with our grief, and bore our shame. There is no shame or pain or suffering that Jesus hasn’t felt. He bore it all at the cross and when He rose from the dead, He was healed from all that He carried for our sake. He is our sacred Savior waiting for us to remember His scourging and the cross and what He did for us, so we might be touched by His great love and be healed. He is waiting for us to invite Him in to see the scars, the pain, the brokenness so He can touch us, heal us, and make us whole again.
Are there places, scars, wounds, and pain that you still carry that need His tender touch, His healing? There is hope. He is nearer than your very breath waiting for you!