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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Jesus and His Scars

Isaiah 53:5 " he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities: the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." NIV

My words are not enough to express how immensely loved we are as ones who have trusted Jesus. There is nothing in the world and no-one who shows us such powerful love as God who is willing to be wounded, wounded to death for His creation.

But what do I offer Him in thankfulness and adoration?
Unfortunately often unthought out prayers, irregular church attendance, coldness toward others and a scantily read bible.

Surely my Jesus deserves more than this from me. Can I not give Him my will, my dreams, my hopes, my career my hurts and as the hymn says, "my life, my all"!!

This Easter perhaps you will join me in recommiting your life to Jesus by praying daily,
"Help yourself to my life Jesus, do as you will, be glorified even in me."
 Imagine, what God would do with our lives?

For those who have not experienced the inexorable love of Christ, I would respectfully ask, do you follow anyone or any ideal that can know your hurts or speak into your life and bring wholeness and forgiveness like Jesus? This poem written by Edward Shillito during WW1 captures the God of love.

"If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow,
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim thy grace.

If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know today what wounds are, have no fear,
Show us Thy Scars, we know the counter sign.

The other gods were strong but Thou wast weak;
They rode, butThou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God's wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone."

written by Edward Shillito (1872-1948)

Would you not come and seek forgiveness and trust in the One who loves you? {Romans 10: 9,10}

And this God who has communed with us in our brokenness as humans is risen and is ever there at the right hand of God, now majestic and powerful and at the right time will take us home to be with Him.
  " But we see Jesus.... now crowned with glory and honour." Hebrews 2:9 NIV