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April 25, 2018: Scars into Stars

Revelation 5:6 (NIV)
6  Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

John is transported into the future where he sees the end of history and all the redeemed surrounding the throne of God in all-out worship.  There is something that seems rather out of place to me as I observe this worship session. The Lamb still carries the scars on his resurrected body.  They are not hidden from view, they are on full display for all to see. We know from the Scriptures that there will be no embarrassment there, no pain, no feelings of regret, there will be only celebration, worship, joy, and gladness with every breath that we breathe in the new kingdom.  If this is so, then how is this the scene we will set our eyes upon?

What will the scars be for us in the new kingdom?  They will be signs of his everlasting love.  They will be reminders of how dark the night that our Lord passed through to save the lamb that was lost. As Eve was made from the side of Adam so the Church was made by the scars in the side of our Lord.  As our hands hang limp because of the weight of our sin the hands that will hold us up to the Father will be the ones that are scarred to remind us that the price has been paid and it shall never be forgotten so we shall never have any reason to worry that we might be cast out for the father’s care.

So now in this life, every time we are scarred by some vile event or some wicked persecution or even some trifling besetting sin let us bear the scars of our own soul and be reminded that we follow a Scarred One into glory.

This poem written by Amy Carmichael a couple of centuries ago helps us to remember

 

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land;
I hear them hail thy bright, ascendant star.
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet I was wounded by the archers; spent,
Leaned Me against a tree to die; and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed Me, I swooned.
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet, as the Master shall the servant be,
And piercèd are the feet that follow Me.
But thine are whole; can he have followed far
Who hast no wound or scar?

This hymn might help you get a clearer picture of what Christ has done for you.  Take a listen if you have time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipt5tN8r0dY

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