Scars in Heaven

Saturday, May 19, 2012

I carry a scar. It is not pretty and it is not what I had wished for, but it is there, a scar that I will have to live with. However, when I look at my scar, I don't feel completely sad, because I know that this scar means that my second son is alive and healthy. That for his safety, I went through a cesarean procedure, and this scar, even ugly, is a scar of love.

I wish that all the scars in this world were scars of love, but the truth is that there are many more scars of anger, of hate, of sickness and of accidents. Scars that don't remind us of beautiful moments. Sometimes the scars are not visible, they are deep inside the heart and they may still hurt.

I read somewhere that the only thing man made in heaven, are Jesus' scars. Have you ever thought about that? That Jesus, being God, decided to be born as a man to save us and the only thing that we could give Him in exchange are scars? The only thing that we could send back to heaven as a gift, are scars? Scars that He got because He decided that He was not going to call twelve legions of angels to free Him from the nails men where hammering in His hands. Scars that He got because He decided He was going to accomplish His purpose and receive in Him all the punishment we deserve.

When John describes what was happening in Heaven he says about Jesus Christ, "stood a Lamb as though it had been slain" Revelations 5:6 To slain means to kill by violence, to destroy, extinguish. The kind of death that most people don't look forward having. And yet, we decided that our creator deserved just that. To be slain.

At the same time that Jesus' scars are scars of men's anger, hate and ugliness, it is also a scar of love. "But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by his stripes we are healed". Isaiah 53:5 It is the proof that He loved us to the point of letting us hurt Him, while He was saving us. It is the proof that He chose not just to be born in a man's body, but to keep the scars in that body. So that when you look at Him, you can see that His love is not something to be forgotten, that our sinful nature is not something to be proud of, or polished.

Can you see His scars as your Savior's scars? Can you see His scars as scars of love for you?

And if you do, can you say like Paul "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus"? Galatians 6:17


Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierc├Ęd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

Amy Carmichael

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