All people have scars and each of them tell a story.
They may tell the story of work injuries, medical procedures, accidents, or even acts of just plain stupidity (I’ve got some of those too.).
While in high school and college, I worked for a few years as a cook in a little restaurant.
As a result, I have a burn scar on my hand where somebody accidently set a hot fryer basket on me.
I have a burn scar on my upper arm where I burned myself while taking a cookie sheet out of the oven.
That job is also where I earned most of my stupidity scars.
Scars have stories behind them.
A disciple named Thomas doubted that Jesus had really risen from the dead.
Jesus appeared to the disciples and told Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” (John 20:27).
Jesus told Thomas to look upon and touch His scars, where the spikes had pierced His hands and where the sword had pierced His side.
Thomas confessed, “My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28)
Jesus’ scars tell a story.
The Lord was crucified for the sins of the world- the very “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29)
“He gave “His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28)
“He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
He “was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” (Romans 4:25)
Jesus died for the sins of all, and rose from the dead in triumph.
His scars tell the story of God’s love and mercy toward sinners.
Jesus is the world’s Savior through whom sins are forgiven and the kingdom of heaven is opened wide.
Travis Lauterbach is the pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located in the Falcon Ridge Business Park in Mesquite, NV.