How did Jesus feel about Thomas wanting to see and touch his scars?
Now that I am out and about a bit more and interacting with people again I have been a little upset when some friends have asked to see the scar on the back of my head. While it is not particularly embarrassing I am somewhat self-conscious of it. I can understand why people are interested – I would very much like to see it myself and have been reduced to taking photos of the back of my head with my phone. But what I can’t quite get my head around (partial pun intended) is why I feel uncomfortable with people asking to see the scar.
It could be vanity. Perhaps it is the possibility that people may be upset or repulsed by it. Or perhaps it’s envy because I can’t see it so easily!
So, to go back to Jesus, how did he feel about Thomas’s request? Was he disappointed at his apparent lack of faith? Was he pleased that Thomas was keen to make sure of what had happened for himself rather than relying on what others had told him? Was he uncomfortable about the scars, or did he see them as ‘war wounds’ that were evidence of the victory he had won?
Those unresolved questions lead me to consider how we feel about other scars. Not visible ones, but those that are nonetheless real. Scars left by the way others have treated us. Scars left by internalised anger or unresolved arguments. Scars left by pride that refuses to offer or receive forgiveness. People are unlikely to see those scars, but God knows they are there. He has something better than Bio Oil to offer – grace, peace, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness, self-control, love, joy, patience, forgiveness… all the work of the Spirit in our lives.
Things you don’t want to hear during surgery:
Better save that. We’ll need it for the autopsy.
“Accept this sacrifice, O Great Lord of Darkness.”
Bo! Bo! Come back with that. Bad dog!
Wait a minute, if this is his spleen, then what’s that?
Hand me that… uh… that uh… that thingy there.
Oh no! Where’s my Rolex.
Oops! Hey, has anyone ever survived from 500 ml of this stuff before?
There go the lights again?
“Ya know, there’s big money in kidneys? and this guy’s got two of ’em.”
Everybody stand back! I lost my contact lens!
Could you stop that thing from beating; it’s throwing off my concentration.
What’s this doing here?
I hate it when they’re missing stuff in here.
That’s cool. Now can you make his leg twitch by pressing that one?!
Well folks, this will be an experiment for all of us.
Sterile schmerile. The floor’s clean, right?
OK, now take a picture from this angle. This is truly a freak of nature.
Nurse, did this patient sign an organ donation card?
Don’t worry. I think it is sharp enough.
Oh no! Page 47 of the manual is missing!