Jesus was beaten, whipped, crucified, and buried. He descended into Hades and returned
to the land of the Living to present Himself before His followers, who were in hiding.
They saw Him and believed, except for Thomas, who was not there. When His disciples
told him about the resurrected Lord, he refused to belief unless He touched the scars,
and today we call that doubt. But Isaiah 53:3 tells us that the Son of Man would be so
mangled His own followers would not recognize Him. In order to know Him you had to
push through the scars.
This reminds me of the movie “Hook” where Peter Pan (played by Robin Williams)
returns to Neverland after being away for so long. He has been away so long the Lost
Boys do not recognize him, not until one boy pushes back the wrinkles to see
Peter as he once was.
Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and always. Lord, may we have the guts to see Your
scars, to feel for ourselves the Lord is resurrected.