When our youngest daughter, Anna, was about 4, her forehead made unfortunate contact with the pedal on her older brother’s bicycle. I can’t remember how that happened exactly and honestly am struggling to visualize it but it happened nonetheless. It left a gaping wound on the left side of my beautiful baby’s forehead and as you can imagine, blood streamed down her face at record speed.
Our pediatrician at the time was amazing! I phoned Dr. Carl and he instructed me to, of course, first get the bleeding to stop and then to go buy some quality vitamin E oil and put it on her wound every day and often as it heals. He said to keep putting it on the scar as well. He also advised me to keep her out of the sun as this would affect how the scar healed. We did all of this faithfully for months and there is absolutely no evidence of the wound. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it. While the physical scar may not be visible, she remembers the pain. Visible or not, wounds always leave scars.
Jesus was whipped, beaten, and spat upon (Matthew 26:67). I’ve heard that spitting on someone is more offensive than hitting them. Perhaps because spitting comes from within making it a most intimate insult. A crown of thorns was forced into his skull. I read recently that Jesus was tortured with unprecedented cruelty. The crown of thorns had never been done. Nailing his hands and feet to the cross was not standard. Criminals would have typically been tied to their cross with ropes. All of this and they couldn’t even prove that He was a criminal. They wanted Him dead and they did everything possible to make sure they accomplished their venomous goal. He was being killed by the people He was dying for.
Jesus died on the cross with clear evidence of wounds. There were cuts. There were slashes. There were holes. There was blood. Not only from his forehead, like my Anna, but from His entire body. The scripture tells us that every bit of blood was drained from him. He gave it all. He had wounds that, on any normal human, no amount of vitamin E oil would fix.
The scriptures aren’t very clear on whether Jesus’ wounds or scars were visible at the time of His resurrection. There is mention of him chatting with a couple of disciples on the road to Emmaus where “they were kept from recognizing him” Luke 24:16 and then when he showed his hands and feet to Thomas and the other disciples. “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see…” Luke 24:39. I speculate that either the wounds were too gruesome so He kept them from seeing or they were healed. Either way, it’s a good scar story.
What if Jesus had been tied to the cross like a “regular” criminal rather than nailed to it? Would we have believed? In the garden, He knew what was coming. He knew the pain he would soon endure. He even knew that the ones whom He was dying for would spit in His face. The pain He endured was ALL for me. ALL for you! The wounds were necessary. He knew they would need to see His wounds to believe.
A friend sitting beside me one morning in church noticed something. She slipped me a small piece of paper torn from the top of her notebook that started with these words, “I know that look in your eyes…”. She was right. She knew the look of my wound because she had lived it herself. There is confounding beauty in a scar. Scars tell us there was a story, a story with a fight – and we lived to tell about it. Scars make our stories believable. Scars remind us that there was pain and that we survived.
Ask someone about their scars and they’ll tell you a great story. Ask Jesus about his scars and He’ll tell you the GREATEST story.
But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.
Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
The injuries he suffered became our healing.
~Isaiah 53:5 The Voice
Do you have a scar story? I’d love to hear it. Share it with me in the comments or over on the EPFH Facebook page if that’s easier for you. Here at EPFH, we love a good story! A story worth living is a story worth sharing.
This #FridayFive is brought to you by Mrs. Disciple’s Friday Five Link Up over at Mrs. Disciple . The prompt this week was “healed wounds”. Go check out Kelly’s motivational post, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF JESUS’ WOUNDS: A PROMISE FOR YOU and visit a few others who have linked up. Be sure to leave some comments. Bloggers love feedback! Share with us your scar story with us.