Original Written on 04/23/2013
by Christine Johnson
Updated on 01/27/2019
Are you a child of God? I mean, are you a born again Christian? Well, if you are, then I know that you know Jehovah God through our Savior Jesus Christ; the one who died on the cross and paid the price for us all. But, I have a question; do you know the Jesus after that? Do you know the Christ who still has those scars that are fully healed? Do you know not only the beaten and tortured savior, but also the victorious and risen Savior who made a public spectacle of the devil and ALL his cohorts? Colossians 2:15 (NKJV)says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Do you know the Christ who understands that He is not defined by what He went through, but by what was accomplished on Calvary’s cross and by who He is today?
As a child and even in adulthood, I always wondered after Jesus was raised from the dead and received His glorified body, why did He still have the nail scars in His hands and feet and the hole in His side where He was pierced? I wondered, “why would a glorified body have scars? I can say today that I am beginning to understand. Jesus’ scars prove what He did and how completed His work was on the cross. His scars helped his doubting followers to recognize Him as the one who walked and ate with them and who later suffered and is now glorified. John 20:27 (NKJV) says, “Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus’ scars are irrefutable proof that He is the risen Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world. His scars testify that He did just that!
I know a little something about scars personally because, like so many of you, I have scars. I have scars that date back from my childhood to now-even now. Full disclosure, I admit that I have reacted to my scars in many different ways; some of which I am not proud of today. But I thank God for the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus! I John 1:9 (NKJV) says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In the past, I’ve tried to ignore my scars, I’ve tried to hide them, I’ve tried displaying them to get pity from others, I’ve even tried using my scars as a justification for my self-destructive behaviors, but, none of those methods worked to erase my scars. In fact, some of those methods worked against me and caused more scars. Today, I am learning the true purpose of my scars and, I tell you, it is a slow and tedious PROCESS. (Shoutout to my Pastor’s wife, Pastor Tommie Coleman of Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Gainesville, GA. She use to remind us over and again whilst teaching about the Christian walk: “it is a process”.) Yes, it is a process and I am learning each day that my scars are to remind me of God’s power in my life.
I think I just heard, “someone say, what?!?!?!? That doesn’t make any sense at all!” I know; it seems crazy, huh? Well, maybe at first but wait, let it marinate for a moment. Now think about it, what is a scar? One of Webster’s definitions of a scar is this: “a mark left by the healing of injured tissue”. A scar is evidence of the healing of something…something that was broken, wounded, cut, etc. that is now healed. God Almighty understands that there are and will be things in this life that will hurt us so badly that scars will be the inevitable outcome. However, He wants us to wear those scars as proof of what He has done, is doing, and will do in and through us. We are not to let our scars bind us to our past like prisoners, no! Instead, we are to use them to point us to the power of God in our present situations and remind us of His purpose for our victorious futures.
Through the sands of time we read about warriors who regarded scars as badges of honor and wore them proudly. Well, as Blood bought believers of Jesus Christ, we are warriors in the army of Jehovah God! Throughout history, warriors took oats and made covenants to work and war for their king and liege. Well, we are under a far better covenant and for the King of kings! It is an eternal covenant with Jehovah, ʾĒl ʿElyōn, The Most High God!
If you have scars today, I encourage you to do two things. First, do not let them chain you to your past. Do not let your scars link you to the people, places, or things that caused the scar because it did not accomplish what it was meant to do. The wounds stopped bleeding. The cuts have closed up by themselves or were stitched back together. The broken bones healed…and became stronger than they were before (this is a proven fact that has been published in several medical journals). God worked it out and you are still here. Jesus spoke about this when He said in John 16:31-33 (NKJV), “Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Secondly, realize that our scars are visible proofs of how we have overcome by the blood of the Lamb of God (Jesus the Christ) and by the word of our testimony (that we are still here…we are not destroyed). Let your scars be a reminder to you of who you are and a testimony to everyone else of whose you are. Let each scar remind you that you are victorious through Jesus Christ. Let each scar testify of God’s redemptive work in our lives. Do we have an awesomely amazing God for a Father and King or what? We certainly do! Glory to God!
Isaiah 61:7-9 (NKJV) “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs. “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant. Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”