“Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here with your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” John 20:27
Thomas had to see the scars to believe it was really and truly Jesus, risen from the dead. Jesus didn’t just say look, He said “reach here and see.”
Jesus is the perfect example in every way, including sharing His scars. He didn’t have to! He could’ve just let Thomas doubt if He wanted to doubt, but He did, and Thomas believed and said “My Lord and My God!”
We all have been wounded, and if we have allowed the Lord to heal our wounds, we have scars. We have a choice, we can hide our scars, or we can say “reach here and see my scars” to those who are unbelieving. Maybe there is someone suffering from a wound that has not been healed, and they don’t believe that they can come out of their situation and heal. Maybe they do not believe they can come out of it at all. We are called to share our scars with others so we can point to the Healer, and hopefully they can look to Him and say “My Lord and My God”, just as Thomas did!
If we keep our scars covered, hidden, we are telling the wounded that we cannot enter in to their pain because we have never experienced pain, fallen because of sinful choices, suffered loss. We are not able to point the hurting to Christ and show His healing and redemption. If we have indeed been healed, we must show others that there is hope. We must share the love of Christ and the power of His name. He suffered an agonizing death and then rose from the grave on the third day, so that we could have life because of His death, “even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8), and that “believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). And after all of that, He showed Thomas His scars so that Thomas would believe.
Share your scars and point to the One who Healed you.
God bless, and Happy Easter!!!