A man and his wife were out one evening when they got caught in a terrible, and completely unexpected, hailstorm. The hail was as large as baseballs! The husband quickly realized that if he didn’t do something, his wife would be severely hurt. Unsure of what to do in this catastrophic situation, he shielded her with his own body so that instead of the hail hitting his wife, it hit him.
The hailstones seemed to only grow larger as the man covered his wife, doing his best to protect her. For several minutes, the hailstones pummeled the man. He was hurt badly. After a few minutes, his ears started bleeding and he developed several deep cuts on his head. He tried to lead his wife to shelter, but the hailstones were falling quicker than the couple could move. They were stuck, and the pounding hailstones took their toll on the husband’s body. Eventually he became too weak to support himself and finally collapsed over his wife, only able to shield her from the danger.
After the storm, the husband was left with permanent scars from where the hail had abused him. The remnants of sores, cuts, and abrasions would forever be reminders to him of the day he saved his wife.
This is a true story. During the news interview, the man’s wife was asked how she felt about their traumatic experience. She stated, “Every time that I look at those scars, on his head, on his neck, and on his ear, I love him more. Every time I see the scars, I love him more, because he sacrificed himself, for me.”
When you and I get to heaven, Jesus will be the only person in eternity with scars. Think about that! He will have holes in His hands, holes in his feet, and a hole in His side. He will be our eternal reminder that the only reason that we are there is because He stood in between the wrath of God and the judgment that was headed our way. He covered us with His love and allowed none of the hail to damage us. He was disfigured for us. This is the love of Christ.
“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)