Blessings to those bearing SCARS,
I haven't met a lot of people that remember the scars they bear as good times.
Usually any trauma to the body that results in a scar is a memory that is extremely unpleasant at the time. We might even prefer to forget the trauma and pain, but we are reminded when we see the scars on the body.
“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Pet 4:13-14).
“These are remarkable words because they come from the very man who urged Christ to resist his suffering and death and who literally fought against it with a sword. Yet how did Peter and Christ’s other close followers fare when they followed Christ? It seems that:
- Peter was crucified upside down.
- Andrew was tied to an X-shaped cross.
- James was beheaded.
- John was banished to Patmos Island (likely working in the mines as an elderly man).
- Philip was either hung or stoned in Turkey.
- Nathanael was either crucified or tied to a rack and thrown into the sea.
- Matthew was martyred somehow in Ethiopia, perhaps by being burned at the stake.
- Thomas was killed by a spear in India.
- James the Less was possibly crucified then sawn in pieces in Egypt.
- Bartholomew was killed either with arrows or being clubbed to death in Persia.
- Simon was also possibly crucified ” SEE, The Scars of Jesus – Shepherd Thoughts Apr 4, 2021 … What's special about Christ's scars is that they stayed on his body after his resurrection. We might assume that his restored, resurrected body …
Counting it all joy WHEN WE ARE RECONCILED & MADE A NEW CREATION,