Ever Wounded

He showed them his hands and side. John 20:20

One of the most thought-provoking features of any of the resurrection stories is the proposition that Jesus’ resurrected body still bore the marks of crucifixion. “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side,” Jesus told Thomas (John 20:27).

Admittedly, John uses the incident primarily as proof of Jesus’ resurrection, and not as an explanation of its meaning. The scars reveal that it is truly Jesus and not another, a body and not a ghost.

Still, the fourth gospel is not alone in portraying the risen Jesus as the crucified one. The seer of Revelation sees “a Lamb standing, as if slain” between the throne and the elders. (Revelation 5:6).

Jesus, risen from the dead, still bears the marks of his unjust execution. He is ever wounded. I was hoping that in the resurrection all the scars which life inflicts would somehow disappear and I could forget about the wounds of the past. Perhaps the truth is even better.

Crown Him the Lord of love,
Behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his wondering eye
At mysteries so bright.

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