the close of the Civil War in the United States,
General John B. Gordon ran for
the Senate in the state of Georgia. At that time,
legislatures elected the senators.
A former comrade of the General, who disliked him
intensely, was a member of the Georgia state
legislature. This man planned to vote against the
General. When the day came for the roll call vote, the
General sat on the platform watching. When the man who
hated him rose to cast his oral vote, historians tell
us that he stopped and stared at General Gordon’s
face. There was an ugly scar on the General’s face,
a war wound and a testimony to his devotion and
suffering during the war. The legislator choked back
tears and those near him were the only ones who could
hear him murmuring,
can’t vote against him - I’d forgotten the scar!”
the scars of another Man... There is a scar in each of His hands left by nails
driven through them into the rough timber of a Roman
cross. There is also a scar in each of His feet where a single nail
was driven through them, one on top of the other.
There are scars
upon his forehead and across his back.
also a scar left by a soldier who pierced His side
with a spear to make sure that He was dead.
what do HIS scars mean to ME?” you may ask.
Because of HIS scars, you
and I can find healing for OUR sinful
hundred years before His death on the cross, Isaiah
prophesied how this Man would take upon Himself the
sins of the world: “Surely He has borne OUR
grief And carried OUR sorrows; Yet we esteemed
Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But He was
wounded for OUR transgressions He was bruised
for OUR iniquities; The chastisement for OUR
peace was upon Him, And by HIS stripes - WE -
are healed! ALL we like sheep have gone astray; We
have turned, every one to his own way; And the LORD
has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah
Through His death on the cross, this Man – Jesus
Christ, the Son of God – paid the "price"
Those who place their trust
in Him (Acts 16:30-31), repent
of their sin (Acts 26:20), confess
Him before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized
(immersed) in His name (Acts 2:38) have their sins
washed away. Then
those who to “walk in the light as He is in the
light” will continually be cleansed by “the BLOOD of
Jesus Christ His Son” (1 John 1:7).
has well stated: “The only man-made things in
heaven, are the SCARS inflicted upon the body of
Jesus, the Son of God.”
those SCARS! Remember
the reason why! Then think about what they SHOULD mean
to each of us....
Will YOU respond in
trusting obedience to the Savior?
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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