Monday, August 8, 2016

Scarred for Life

By Andrea Merrell

 He said to them, “Why are you troubled,
and why do doubts rise in your minds? 
Look at my hands and my feet.
Luke 24:38-39a

The scars were almost healed—at least the ones on the outside. They were barely visible. The ones on the inside she would carry forever.
The pain and agony she suffered at the hand of her abuser were great, but her deliverance and restoration were even greater. God poured His love on her wounds and healed them.

But there were still scars.

Jesus also suffered at the hands of his abusers. Death was the result, but He was gloriously raised from the grave by the loving hand of His Father and returned to His rightful place in God’s kingdom.

But He still carries the scars.

Even though wounds heal, the scars remain—visible or invisible. The woman looks at hers as a reminder of God’s love, protection, and ultimate deliverance. They remind her to be thankful and give praise to the One who set her free.

I believe that when Jesus looks at His hands and feet, it reminds Him of the sacrifice He made and the incredible love He has for each of us. One day we will look upon those scars and be reminded of the price He paid for our redemption. Then we’ll have all eternity to be thankful and give praise to the One who set us free.

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