We all have them. Some of us have a few, some have many; but we all have them. For there to be a scar, there first had to be a wound or an injury; a wound deep enough to leave a visible sign of trauma. A scar is a distinguishing mark that indicates you have been hurt in some way.
But you can’t have a scar without healing, otherwise, it’s still a wound. For a scar to appear it means healing has occurred. And every scar, every healed wound, has a story. A story of how the scar appeared. While we might have external scars, some of us may have internal scars as well. You know, the ones no one can see, but you know they are there. We can feel them deep within our heart and soul. The truth is we all have scars, and we all have a story, including Jesus.
The Healing Power of Jesus
Scripture contains a prophetic chapter found in the book of Isaiah that is said to be about God’s Suffering Servant; the One on whom the Lord laid the iniquity of us all (Is 53:6). There is one tale-tell verse that reveals what this Suffering Servant did for us.
But 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. Isaiah 53:5
Jesus was wounded beyond measure; his body tortured and pierced. His resurrected body carried those scars as a testimony, a witness, to what had been done. Jesus has scars from His wounds, there is physical evidence that shows what He suffered. Those scars bear His story, and within His story is where healing can be found.
Do you understand He was wounded for you? Jesus was wounded so our wounds could become scars—so we too can bear distinguishing marks that indicate you’ve been healed. If you desire for your hurts, your pain and your injuries to turn from wounds to scars, we must allow Jesus to heal them.
The Demon-Possessed Man
I began thinking about this concept after studying the story of a demon-possessed man found in Mark. This man was so afflicted the townspeople bound and chained him, sending him to live among the tombs of the dead. Night and day, he screamed, cried out, and physically hurt himself. This tormented man was controlled not by one evil spirit, but by countless.
Then, Jesus arrived. Jesus freed him from the demons, freed him from his pain, freed him from the bondage He was suffering. Scripture says this:
When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind. Mark 5:15
The demon-possessed man had been wounded emotionally, mentally and physically. He not only bore scars visible to others, but also those that penetrated deep into his inner being. Yet, he became a new man, a man who had been healed by Jesus. A man who was told by Jesus to share his story and his scars with his family, and he did just that. This once tormented man saw it as his personal ministry to tell all of Decapolis (a ten-city area) just how much Jesus had done for him.
He showed people his scars. He shared his story, and he loved Jesus through it all. His testimony called to light the healing power of Jesus. He was a living, breathing example of how our wounds can be healed. People’s lives were changed all because a once-wounded man shared his story and showed his scars.
Sharing Your Story
We don’t like to show our scars. Most of us will do everything we can to hide them, especially the big, “nasty” ones we think would disgust and repulse others. We all have a story, but often the story isn’t complete without showing the scars as well. We can’t be afraid to share with others how we have been wounded, how we have been hurt, but more importantly how Jesus has healed us from it all. Often we let ourselves believe our scars are too ugly to show, or we can accept they are a beautiful part of our testimony for the Lord. There is freedom in sharing our story and showing our scars.
I’m sure when the once demon-possessed man looked at the scars covering his body, he remembered all the injuries and pain. Those markings were a reminder of the previous bondage he suffered, but more so of the newly found freedom in which he lived. He had a choice to make. He could hide his reminders, and his scars, and tell only part of his story. Or, he could show people his scars and tell the whole story of how he found redemption, forgiveness and freedom.
We are told God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received.” What would happen if we started showing people our scars, and started sharing the stories that go with them? Imagine the lives that could receive comfort and hope and strength all from us sharing.