John 20:24-28-But Thomas, one of the twelve, called The Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail prints in His hands, and put my finger in the nail prints, and put my hand in His side, I will not believe.”
26 After eight days His disciples were again inside with the doors shut, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at My hands. Put your hand here and place it in My side. Do not be faithless, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Prior to this text, Jesus had been crucified and had risen from the dead.
Jesus' Disciples, excluding Thomas, had gathered in a locked room in fear of the Jews and in their midst, Jesus appeared and said "peace be with you" and then having said this, he showed them His wounded hands and side.
Thomas, when informed by the disciples that they had seen Jesus, doubted and said "unless I see the nail prints in His hands and put my finger in the in his side, I will not believe."
Jesus, knowing all things, appeared again 8 days later in the midst of His disciples in a locked room, but this time Thomas was present.
Being the Sovereign God, without question, Jesus said to Thomas "put your finger in here and look at my hands. put your hands here and place it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe."
Jesus resurrected body still had evidence of the nail print that was pierced into His side when He was crucified at Calvary. He was not ashamed to show them for they were a testament to what He had gone through on the cross.
We all have been wounded and most of the time we keep them covered.
If we could be honest for a moment, every one of us have some scars from the pain of things that has happened in our past.
No we were not whipped and crucified like Jesus, but, we have wound scars from past hurts, rejection, abuse, disappointments, emotional, physical and mental abuse and on and on, we all have experienced one wound after another that has left us scarred.
The key is to grow from them and through them. We do this in sharing our story and in doing so, we are giving hope to others who may be where we once were.
I am not saying to go around broadcasting your life to everyone you see or know, but what I am saying is to share with those that the Holy Spirit has lead you to share it with for there is a reason why He lead you to share it in the first place. Someone needs to hear our story.
I believe that showing our wounds is what God is calling us to do in this hour in which we now live because people need to know that God is able to deliver and set free from all past hurts, wounds and pain.
Showing our wounds by telling our story to others is an opportunity for evangelism because in sharing we give others hope that the same God that brought us through is able to heal, deliver and set them free too.
People everywhere are hurting. We encounter wounded people all day, every day. Some of them are in our families, our neighbors, our children, our spouses, our coworkers, our church brothers and sisters, classmates, friends, etc. Wounded people are everywhere!
Overcoming past hurts, pain and wounds with the help of God's Holy Spirit, His Word and prayer is possible for I am a witness to God's healing from years of being wounded mentally and emotionally.
Our wounds serves a purpose in our lives. They are our testimony of God’s power, His strength operating in us in our weakness that is not evident to others as we are going through, His provision and His purpose operating in and through us as people of God!
Scripture declares how the angels overcame the enemy in Revelation 12:11-They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.
Jesus revealed His wound when they were fresh and not yet healed.
Believe it or not, but showing our wounds and telling our story not only help those whom God has told us to share our stories with but it can also help us to realize that as bad as we think our life may have been, others have suffered worse.
The good news is Romans 8:18-the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us.
Jesus suffered and after suffering, He ascended to Heaven and is now seated in power and authority at the right hand of God the Father.
Everyday of life is a new experience. Experience helps us recognize mistakes and give us an opportunity to correct them. Experience also leaves scars that are evidence of past wounds, pain, suffering and loss.
Jesus’ scars are part of His story, His testimony and part of what he suffered on our behalf. His wounds matter to us and to God. He proved it in death for our sins.
Been wounded? Show your scars for they are a part of the story of what God is doing in our lives.
God alone receives the glory from wounds that left us healed with scars.
God bless and tell the Lord thank you for we are Soldiers that was wounded, but by God's "GRACE" we have been healed.
Wounded and scarred, yet we still rise!