Those dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshipers.
With what rapture, with what rapture, with what rapture
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

(LSB 336:3)

 

Advent is coming to a close. So, I thought that I should write about one of my favorite advent hymns; "Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending."

 

I have now heard more than once this advent someone saying that they don’t want to see Jesus’ scars in heaven. They want him to be healed.Thus, they don’t like the thrid verse of "Lo! He comes with Clouds Descending." Charles Wesley takes a different view of Christ’s scars in his hymn.

 

The holes in His hands, feet, and side where his body was broken on that Good Friday are called "dear tokens of his passion" and "glorious scars." That’s not how we normally view scars. Scars are grotesque, not glorious! I don’t want my scars when I go to heaven. I want to be healed! But these scars on Christ’s body are different. His body is still dazzling with these scars. These scars are also different because what they have accomplished for us.

 

Christ willingly allowed the nails to be driven into His hands and feet. He willingly went to His death for our salvation. The scars left behind serve as a constant reminder of that. Being on Christ’s glorious body also show that Christ has died in our place, yet has conqured death so that we need not fear it any longer. From the wound in His side flowed blood and water. That same blood and water we find in the baptismal font and the chalice. The blood and water of life and salvation!

 

The scars of Christ also bring us great peace. When Jesus appears to His disciples in John 20 He says, "Peace be with you" and proceeds to show them His scars. The peace found in those scares is no false sense of peace. The death of Christ which those scars proclaim show us that we have been saved from sin, death, and the devil. Christ has paid the price for us. He has given us forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

 

So we should not be "grossed out" by the scars of Christ. As the hymn states they are a cause of endless exultation to us! We can’t help but rejoice in those glorious scars!

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