Jesus of the Scars 4

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs–
heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,
if indeed we share in his sufferings
in order that we may also share in his glory”
(Romans 8:17)

 

Reflection:
A further message from the scars of Jesus Christ is this – suffering is a reality and will happen.

If the Head of the Body absolutely had to suffer then the Body will be caught up in suffering as well. And we too will bear the scars of such suffering in this life.

“Remember the words I spoke to you: `No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:20)

Many Christians are suffering for their faith in different parts of the world. And although not everyone will suffer in this way no one will be a stranger to suffering in one form or another. Everyone reading this will have suffered, and be suffering, in some way – be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.  We may not understand why we are suffering or the degree of pain that we endure. However we need to understand that in some way it is significant – and the way in which we respond to it is important.

In the midst of our suffering as we reach out to the Lord for help we can see the hand stretched out to us. The scars are there and they reassure us that here is Someone who knows and understands suffering, and who can comfort and strengthen and help us. The words written by the poet Edward Shillito are significant.

The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

Our God bore wounds for us – and by the stripes that He endured we find healing.

Response:
Bring your pain to the scarred Lord. Ask Him for His healing. Ask also for the strength and faith to bear any suffering in quietness and trust and in a way that brings honour to Him.

Prayer:

Lord You bore such pain for me. Where I suffer help me to walk through my pain in the knowledge of the support of Your hands around me. Amen.

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