Have you ever thought about why Jesus didn’t get rid of his scars when he came back from the dead? He choose to keep his scars. He went to hell kicked the devils butt and rose again. He is a miracle. He had power enough to come back to life after being dead for 3 days. (And the power to walk through walls as described in the verse below-brain warp!) Yet he kept his scars when he rose again instead of coming back with a flawless body.
As moms we have scars. From stretch marks, ripped Hoo-Hoo's, cracked nipples, and other physical scars; to painful emotion scars. Infertility, Miscarriage, broken families, painful pasts, trauma, and much more are just a few scars moms carry with them everyday.
Jesus knew that scars may be ugly visually but he showed us that they are nothing to be ashamed of! Actually he choose to keep His scars and turned the stigma of scars around. Jesus used his wounds to help Thomas believe in him, believe in His salvation. He used his scars as proof of His death but most importantly proof of his victory over the devil and death. He kept his scars to show us it’s okay to have scars. It’s okay to not be perfect or flawless along our momming journey.
We can use our scars as proof that yes we have a scar from a past experience but we also have come through it! The hard situation didn’t kill us (obviously since we’re still alive and reading this)! As moms, we can be proud of our stretch marks and the like while seeing them as a victory flag! If Jesus chose to come back to earth in a imperfect body with scars, we can choose to view our scars as a symbol of triumph and maybe even use our scars to help others through their pain! You may have scars “but did you die?”
“One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.””
John 20:24-29 NLT