Mary and I once knew a precious lady from the Salem Church of Christ who had little difficulty loving people. As a matter of fact, her face would brighten up every time we had opportunity to see her. Her husband had passed a few years before the time I’m currently referencing. Her body was wracked with pain because of her rheumatoid arthritis. We knew she was in terrible, agonizing pain most of the time. Although she suffered greatly, she did her level best not to complain, but to approach each new day with a smile. I still remember a particular conversation she and I had one day. She told me that she couldn’t wait to get to heaven so as to receive her new body; a body void of pain, deterioration and misery. Although she longed to see her husband (Lester) once again, she soooo looked forward to receiving that new body….the one with no pain, no tears and no worries. Noni was one of the most precious Christians I ever had opportunity to know. She’s now with Jesus, free from any pain, arthritis or worries. But the only way that was made possible was because of what Jesus Christ did for her on the cross. While I believe each of us are appreciative of what Jesus did for us at Calvary, there’s something we don’t often think about. Jesus still bears the scars of his crucifixion. Thomas was shown Jesus’ pierced side, hands and feet as a way to prove Jesus’ identity post crucifixion. He still bears the scars so you and I can have brand new bodies void of scars, free from pain, exempt from temptation or worry. Just knowing that he still bears the scars for my sins gives a whole new definition to, “by His stripes we are healed.” Thank you, Jesus, for the incredible gift of eternal life. And, thank you for bearing my scars so I don’t have to!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.