“If someone asks him,
`What are these wounds on your body?’
he will answer,
`The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’”
The scars of the cross were visible after His resurrection here on earth. In this way He could prove to His followers that it was the same body that had hung upon the cross and been buried in the tomb.
However we discover that these scars were also visible on the body that ascended into heaven. And it seems that they will remain in evidence forever – throughout eternity.
“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders … Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:6-12)
This raise the question of ‘Why?’ Why should the holy and unblemished Christ retain on His heavenly body the marks of the brutal scars inflicted on Him on the cross?
It has been suggested that
- They were to be a source of eternal wonder and praise for the angels – who had seem Him leave in unblemished glory and now return as the victorious victim
- They are His trophies of honour – similar to those worn by military leaders after victorious campaigns
- When He returns in judgement these scars will speak more loudly and clearly than any words of His
- “They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son” (Zechariah 12:10)
But there has to be a deeper and greater truth than these for the glorious Son of God to choose to wear these indications of terrible wounds through all the eternal ages to come. And how can we forget His significant words
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13)
Take time to contemplate the scarred Saviour in wonder and awe
Lord Jesus You received these wounds from me and for me. Help me to honour You as my eternal Saviour and Lord. Amen.