Ugly Scars

John 20:24-29, Jesus bears our scars in heaven
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 to have her friends see her mom.

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 Sarah was ashamed of were actually symbols of her mother's sacrificial love.

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). Have you ever thought about this?

May we never be ashamed of Him no matter who mocks Him (Mark 8:38).

Image:  William Hole Bible Picture Gallery
* I heard this story years ago. I'm not sure if it's true, and, unfortunately, I don't know the source.

6 comments:

  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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! :)

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

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