Ugly Scars

A lovely story of a mother's scars. An illustration of our Lord's scars.

Sarah had never thought much about her mom's disfigured face and arms until she started school and her classmates mocked her mother's appearance. 

So Sarah hid the invitations to parent days and class parties. She was ashamed of how her mother looked.

Then one afternoon, she overheard her grandmother telling the story: There was a fire. If her mom had not rescued baby Sarah, she would have died before the firemen arrived. But the rescue left her mother permanently disfigured.

The scars that embarrassed Sarah were actually symbols of her mother's sacrificial love.

Do you see the application in our lives?

When we get to heaven, God will take away every emotional and physical scar (Revelation 21:2-4). But Christ will eternally bear the scars of our sins—scars that symbolize our rescue from eternal flames (John 20:24-29).(1)  

Even if people mock our faith, we can remember the meaning of our Savior's scars and unashamedly proclaim His gospel (Romans 1:16).

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Note: I heard this story years ago. I'm not aware of the source or if it's true, but it's a good illustration of this spiritual truth. 

(1) There is no Scripture passage that says Christ's scars are eternal, but the linked passage in John proves that Christ had the scars on His resurrected body which is a strong indicator that they may be eternal. And in Revelation 5:6 John says, "I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne."

This touching story about a mother and daughter illustrates an important aspect of Christ's love for us. #Jesus

Bible Love Notes


  1. Thank you Gail for this touching story and the reminder of all Jesus has done for us. It is sweet to know that earthly scars will be gone in heaven.

  2. Casting Crowns song mentions this in their song 'Wedding Day',

    When the hand that bears the only scars
    In heaven touch her face
    And the last tears she'll ever cried
    Are finally wiped away
    And the clouds roll back as he takes her hand
    And walks her through the gates
    Forever we will reign

    It's such a powerful image and it'll be fantastic when we get there!

  3. You made me teared up with this one Gail, but thank you always for reminding us that the most ugly scars happened out of love for us, undeserving people.

  4. I've heard stories similar to yours going around on facebook and I don't know if it's true either. But it makes a great story and great analogy for our relationship with Christ! He bears the scars so we don't have to!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

  5. Amen. Thank You, Jesus my Lord and God.

  6. Scars that demonstrated His ultimate love for the worsts sins of mankind that encountered on the cross! God bless!