Yesterday I posted a short article at the Broken Believers blog titled Testimony of the Scars. I won’t repeat here what I wrote there, but as I thought about Jesus’ scars and the testimony they offer of His love and grace, I realized that this subject was perfect for a Thankful Thursday poem. I am so thankful for His scars, displayed to Thomas and the other disciples as evidence that Jesus was physically resurrected.
Palms of love reveal His scars
where nails pierced His hands
holding Him to the accursed cross
Though in reality it was not the nails
but my sin that held Him there
suffering and thirsty, feeling forsaken
Though in reality it was not my sin
but His love that held Him there
pleading for my sins to be forgiven
Palms with scars reveal His love
where mercy pierced His hands
holding Him to the blessed cross
Have you seen His scars where He was pierced for you and for me? He loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and He proved it on the cross. The cross and those scars were God’s plan to redeem His lost children long before Jesus walked the earth as one of us. The prophet Isaiah shared the plan with all who would read the words he wrote down.
Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
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 53:4-5 (NIV).
8/7/12 Update: Once again not having time to write a new poem to share at dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night, I decided toshare one from two weeks ago. Head over to dVerse to see what else is being served in the poetry pub.