20 20 Vision
There are times when even the chapter and verse numbers in scripture appear to be inspired, more than coincidental. (For example, the way John 3:16 dovetails with 1 John 3:16 demonstrating love from first the Father’s and then the Son’s point of view.) One more of them is John 20th chapter 20th verse. “——-he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” This is the true TWENTY TWENTY VISION of the New Testament, seeing the RESURRECTED Jesus, the way He really is, even today; resurrected, ascended, and soon to return. We as his disciples today are most glad when we see Him that way, with that clarity of vision. But there is one thing more: he showed them his hands and his side. It might have been otherwise. It would have been miraculous in a different way had their been no scars or evidence of the crucifixion on his resurrection body. But there were, there were holes and scars. Jesus was not ashamed of those holes and scars. Those holes and scars were reminders of his suffering, suffering that had been made beautiful by the outcome, the ultimate victory of atonement and resurrection, a resurrection which revealed that atonement had been received and accepted. Neither should we be ashamed of the scars and “holes in our lives” incurred in His service, they too will be made beautiful in the resurrection. And Jesus bids us to begin appreciating that beauty even now.
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