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Jesus of the Scars September 16, 2008

Posted by Jeremy in Thoughts and Theology.
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Below is a poem I came across and spent some time reflecting on today.  It was written by Edward Shillito (1872 – 1948).  In it Edward reminds me that I have a God who was wounded on my behalf.  That He is a personal God who know what it means to suffer.  He isn’t a God removed in the clouds but a God who knows what it means to suffer.  He came as a man and experienced what we have, being tempted in every way but never sinning.   

If we have never sought, we seek Thee now;
Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars;
We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow;
We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars.

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars we claim Thy grace.

If when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know today what wounds are; have no fear;
Show us Thy Scars; we know the countersign.

The other gods were strong, but Thou wast weak;
They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne;
But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,
And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone.

 

What does it mean for you today to know that you have a personal God who know exactly what you feel and what it means to struggle?

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