After His resurrection, Jesus displayed his scars. Why did Jesus have scars? Read John 20:24-27. Could it be that scars were left to testify to the work of Christ? “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.” Could it be that those scars are there for all the Thomases who need to see to believe? Jesus knew what those scars represented – healing, restoration, the forgiveness of sins, peace between God and humanity.

What about our scars? We don’t have physical holes in our hands and feet, but sin and rebellion against God leave painful gashes in our hearts and souls. All of us are broken and wounded in some manner. All of us have scars. But in and through Christ, the most severe injuries and healed, and with that restoration comes a story – a testimony of what God has done!

This spring I would like to challenge you to think about your own scars, think of the ways you can use your testimony to share your journey from death into life. There are others who are going through similar circumstances. They need your encouragement and words of hope. But that means you must be willing to speak about the things you have tried to hide in the past.

Never underestimate the power of your testimony. Revelation 12:11 underscores the importance of the ‘word of our testimony.’ Satan knows that the stories behind our scars will destroy him. That’s why he deceives and shames us into hiding them. What is your story? What is your testimony? This Easter season you will have the opportunity to write and share your story.

I HOPE THAT MANY OF YOU WILL JOIN ME THIS SUNDAY as we are blessed by the songs and stories of the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge Choir!