I’m sure that we all have a scar that we can look back on and remember exactly what happened for us to receive that token of memory, whether good or bad. Those scars can range from the ones that were caused by a misadventure as a child, medical scars to remind us of a past illness/recovery that we had, scars from accidents that could have claimed our lives, or even scars on our hearts like the one left from the 9/11 tragedy. Whatever the scar may be, we all remember it as a reminder of the place that we came from.
As I thought about scars, the scripture which has just poured over and over in my mind comes from Isaiah 53:4-6 in which it says:
“ 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (ESV)
This Old Testament scripture alludes to a New Testament Savior who takes away the sin of the world…our sin!
We have the cross to remind us of the debt that was paid to save us, and we have the scars in his hands, feet, and side to remind us of the blood that was shed for our salvation.
What do your scars remind you of? What about the scars of Jesus?
As you continue through your day and week, remember this…the scars of Christ saved more than just one life….they saved the world!