Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne. (Rev. 5:6)
One African translation of the Bible says that Jesus was “scarred” on our behalf.
A little boy handed his mother a sheet of paper inviting parents to attend the teacher-parent conference. The boy was hoping his mother would not be able to attend, because he was embarrassed by her looks. A deep, purple scar covered the right side of her face. Therefore, he was dismayed when she said she was going. As they walked into the classroom, the boy heard his teacher ask his mother, “How did you get that scar?”
As he heard her story for the first time, tears rolled down his face. His mother told the teacher that when her son was a baby, the room he was in caught fire. Without fearing for her own safety, his mother ran into the room to rescue him. As a beam came crashing down, she attempted to save him by placing herself over her son as a shield. While touching the scar, his mother said, “This scar will be permanent, but I will never regret what I did.”
The little boy ran towards his mother and hugged her, feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what she had done for him.
In a similar manner, Jesus Christ bears scars of love on our behalf. We too can be grateful for what he was willing to suffer so that we might be saved.
Thank Jesus today for the scars he endured on your behalf.
Jim “Umfundisi” Lo is a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, cross-cultural leader, intercessor, and author of several books published by Wesleyan Publishing House.
© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.