Saturday, March 2, 2013

He Still Has the Scars. Why?

After the Lord Jesus was crucified, dead, buried, raised from the dead, He appeared bodily to His disciples in a locked room. And when I say "appeared," I mean He "suddenly" appeared out of nowhere and gave His disciples a good fright. Well, not really "nowhere," He was always "somewhere."

In His resurrection body He still had the scars from His execution (John 20:26-29). After this He appeared to several hundred followers (1 Cor. 15:1-8), in this same body, I might add, scars and all. Then He made one last appearance to His apostles before His ascension (Acts 1:1-11). The angels who spoke to the crowd as He was taken up into heaven told the observers that He "will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." He left in the clouds, He will return in the clouds. He left with scars, He will return with scars. He left in a physical body, He will return in a physical body.

Why? Why didn't He return to "Spirit" when He was resurrected? (Jn. 4:24). That's easy enough to figure out. He had to be seen by His followers after His death in order to prove He was indeed alive again as He had promised (Mt. 16:21). But there's more to it than that.

Since by man came sin and death, it had to be that by man also would come righteousness and life (Rom. 5). And the only way that necessity could be realized was through a perfect Man who would go through all the temptations that Adam experienced and all the temptations that man faced after Adam fell and brought the world into death and sin and darkness. Jesus Christ was and is that perfect Man (1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 2:9-18; 4:15).

No imperfect man could or can enter into the presence of the Father (1 Cor.15:50-56). That's what Jesus did for us, on our behalf. Everything that God demanded/commanded of fallen man as declared through the law (Ex.20) Jesus fulfilled, including the righteousness required in order to appear before Him, in His presence in all His glory and holiness. There Jesus appears as a Man for us just as though we were there in the Father's presence ourselves physically (Eph. 2:4-6; Col. 3:1-4).

Jesus Christ "is our life." His life of absolute sinlessness and perfection is now accounted to our lives as though we had done all that He did for us. His resurrection sealed, guaranteed our justification (Rom. 5:25). His ascension and present position at the right hand of the Father guarantees our ultimate perfection (Heb. 10:11-14). And His present indwelling through the Person of the Holy Spirit of every believer guarantees that the glory that was lost in Eden has been restored to the faithful fallen (Col. 1:27).

He took His scars with Him because He took our sins upon Him that when He returns with those scars He might take us with Him (2 Cor. 5:21).

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