“Why after Jesus was resurrected did He still have the scars?”
This blog came from a conversation I had with a friend on what builds character.
Why did some of us have to go through some tough times, before we were saved while others got saved very young in their lives? What was the purpose of me or you having to go through things that just did not seem fair?
Then God gives me this question : “Why after Jesus was resurrected did He still have the scars?”
Jesus appears to the disciples John 20 verse 24
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas, was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”But he replied, “I wont believe it unless I see the nails wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side” Eight days later the disciplines were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you”, he said. Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe”"My Lord and My God!” Thomas exclaimed.
This scripture is only mentioned in the book of John. “The Disciple Jesus loved.”
So what builds character and life experience? Why did some of us go through so much?
You can only know some lessons of life because you have the scars to bear it. Not that it is visible at times, but it is there to help you reflect as a overcomer. When Jesus looked at his scars, He saw sacrifice, He saw persecution, He saw LOVE.
Sometimes we get saved and we want everything from the past to disappear, like they never happened, yet those same experiences and hardships enable us to move forward in our ministries.
When we are taught the lesson of pain, separation, rejection or hardship it HARDLY comes with a good experience.
So when we reflect on our scars, we should look at them like Jesus looked at His with Victory. That we passed a test. It is not to say that we have not forgiven, or that we are living in the past but that same experience from your past will help you in future when a challenge comes your way. You went through it for a reason.
Roman 8 vs 28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose”
After complete restoration you cannot see what a person endured unless they tell you because they come out transformed and that is why Jesus beared His scars to show those who doubted. So when you tell that girl “You know what I was rejected or I was abused. When you tell that person I did not have a family who was always there for me and those people say to you but how?” You respond with your testimony and that will show Jesus love all over again.
Jesus wasnt hard on Thomas for his doubts. Despite his skepticism, Thomas was loyal to the believers and to Jesus himself. Some people need to doubt before they believe. If doubt leads to questions, and questions lead to answers, and if answers are accepted, then doubt has done a good work.
If you know what God has called you to do. I urge to ask God what it is that He wants you to take away from your past experience. Yes, it is usually forgiveness, but what if God wants to use your bad experience for His glory.
John 16 verse 21 – A woman giving birth to child has pain because her time has come, but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
When a woman looks at her stretch marks after giving birth, “yes we can get a little sensitive about stretch marks” but when it came from birthing a child the woman will say, “It was worth it”. The pain of child-bearing was worth it just to see the baby afterwards. Those marks still stay yet they are not always a bad thing. It represents her endurance.
Scar meaning: A mark that is left by a wound
Surely if there is a scar it means healing has taken place or it would still be an open wound
The word scar is not always a bad thing like in the case above because if it was
“Why did Jesus bear His scars?”