One day a man was out with his wife and they got caught in a terrible hailstorm. This storm was massive! The hail was as large as baseballs. Under the torrent coming against them, the man realized that his wife would be severely hurt if he didn’t do something. He quickly slung himself over his wife, covering her with his own body so that instead of the storm hitting his wife, it hit him.

Although the hailstones seemed to get bigger, the husband continued to cover his wife with his own body, protecting her. The hailstones pelted the man. They hurt him badly. After a couple of minutes, his ears started bleeding and there were also several lacerations on his head. The man tried to lead his wife to safety, but the hailstones were falling more violently. Eventually, they took their toll on the husband. Weakened by the onslaught, he finally collapsed over his wife, only able to shield her from the danger.

After the storm was over, the man was left with scars from where the hailstones had pummeled him. The remnants of sores, cuts, and abrasions would forever be reminders to him of the day that he saved his wife.

This is a true story. When she was interviewed by the reporter, the man’s wife was asked how she felt about their experience. She stated, “Every time 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.”

Here’s the point: When you and I get to heaven, Jesus will be the only person in eternity with scars. His scars will actually be the only man-made thing in eternity! He will have holes in his hands, in his feet, and a hole in His side. His scars will be our eternal reminder that the only reason that we’re even 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.

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24 NIV

In Christ,
Jonathan Anderson