Stop Doubting and Believe

Jesus held out his hands to His doubting disciple, Thomas.  “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  (John 20:27)

Jesus’ resurrected body still bore the scars from His crucifixion three days before. 

Why would Jesus, in His resurrected body, still bear the nail marks on His hands and feet and the piercing of His side?  In the midst of this great resurrection miracle, why wouldn’t Jesus erase the ugly marks left by the nails?

Jesus’ scars remain as a permanent testimony of the most important event in history.  His sacrifice on the cross should never be forgotten or disregarded.

Power

Not only do the scars of Jesus display physical proof of the crucifixion, they are also proof that Jesus is who He says He is.  During His ministry on earth, Jesus exhibited many aspects of His power by performing miracles.   But the unique miracle of the resurrection backs up Jesus’ claim to be God because He exhibited power over everything, even death!  

Love

Why would Jesus willingly endure the pain of nails being driven through His hands and feet and dying a tortuous death on a cross?  The answer can be summed up in one word.  Love.   The Bible tells us in 1 John 4:10, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”   Jesus suffered, bled and died for you and me, paying the price of our sins so that we could be reconciled to God.  Jesus’ scars express His sacrificial love for us. 

Victory

Jesus proved that there is life after death.  John 3:16b tells us “…whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”  Through faith in the Lord Jesus, we will also be resurrected to new life and will spend eternity in Heaven.  If Jesus had not risen from the grave, there would be no victory over death.  But Jesus rose victoriously and overcame the power of death.

The resurrection is the heart of our Christian faith.  Everything we believe hinges on whether Jesus really walked out of the grave.  Did Jesus really rise from the dead?   The Disciples were eyewitnesses and testify that they saw Jesus, touched Him and ate with Him.  And…. they saw the scars on His hands and feet.   The witnesses tell us that the risen Lord Jesus walked on earth for 40 days after the resurrection, teaching and appearing to over 500 people.  

Believe and Receive Eternal Life

Jesus’ scars are not ugly defects on His glorified, resurrected body!   We as Christians cherish them and praise God for them.  They are the permanent expression of His love and beautiful memorials of His sacrifice on the cross. The scars tell us that there is no room for doubt. Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead after three days, just as He promised!

When we go to Heaven and see Jesus face to face, we will see His glory…. and the marks of love on His hands and feet.   We will be filled with praise forever because the eternal reminders of how Jesus opened the way for us to spend forever in Heaven! 

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