What are TheScars That Save? For some - you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, especially if you haven’t read the last chapter of the book Custom Scars. That final chapter speaks of the hope that can be found through the scars of Jesus.
Every person has scars. They could be physical or spiritual or even emotional. For most people the scars of life are a combination of all three. Regardless of where the derivation of one’s scars came from, they are normally produced by hurt or pain. No matter who is reading this, you have some type of scar.
The Scars That Save are the only scars that can give true and lasting hope to us all. It’s a lasting hope because not only is it a hope that we can have during our physical life here on this world, but the scars that save also give us eternal hope. A hope that when we die, we will no longer experience any more scars, pain or death. Sounds too good to be true, but let me break this down using the Bible as my guide.
As was written in the chapter The Scars That Save, Jesus came into this world for one purpose: to offer salvation to mankind. Before Jesus came, the means of forgiveness of sins and being accepted by God was done through animal sacrifices. These sacrifices had to be done over and over for the covering of one’s sins. When Jesus came and died for us all, his blood only needed to be shed once for the forgiveness of our sins.
Hebrews 10:10 says, “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
I’m going to use something called the Roman Road to give a better understanding about The Scars That Save. This is a simple way to explain why we need saved, how God provided the means of being saved, and then what the results are after one accepts The Scars That Save.
Romans 3:23 is one of my favorite verses and starts us down the Romans Road, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Just like we all have scars, we all have sinned. You might not want to admit it, but you have done things that were displeasing to God. Every person has sinned except one. That one person is Jesus because He is God’s Son.
Romans 6:23 is a verse that I have used numerous times when leading someone to the one whose Scars Can Save. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." It’s pretty clear that we have two contrasting situations here. Sin=Death and a Gift=Life.
We have earned (wages) the punishment of death because of our sins. But The Scars That Save is a free gift for any and all who will accept. It’s a gift. You don’t have to earn it or do good works for it. You reach out and accept the gift and then that gift of Jesus will bring hope during this life on earth and then eternal life, where all our scars will be completely healed, with Jesus in Heaven.
Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." This verse is closely connected to the last half of Romans 6:23. The foundation is laid that because of sin we have earned death (physical and eternal) but Jesus Christ died for all of us scarred people! Jesus' death paid the price of our sins. Jesus didn’t remain dead, three days after he was crucified on a cross, he came back to life. Since he rose from the grave God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins. That is the gift talked about above.
Romans 10:9, "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." That’s the gift. Jesus took the punishment for our sin on himself. He paid the price for our sins. All we have to do is trust in that powerful work that Jesus has already paid for us all. (Romans 10:13 reiterates this, "for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.")
Romans 5:1, "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." This is the results of The Scars That Save. We have peace with God. We have hope through Jesus.
Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins. He is also the one who has rescued us from eternal separation from God. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone. The Scars That Save, the scars that Jesus willfully bore for all of mankind will bring you strength for today and a bright for tomorrow.
All you have to do is say and believe these words below and TheScars That Save will transform your life. Then let Jesus be in control and place your hope in Him.
I know for sure that I’m a sinner. I’ve done things that I know were wrong.
Right now I am asking you to forgive me of my sins.
I believe that Jesus Christ died to forgive me of my sins and I desire his forgiveness.
I believe that He rose from the dead to conquer death.
Right now I repent of my sins and turn to you.
I invite you to come into my heart and life.
From this day forward I will trust you and follow you as my Lord and Savior.
Here’s the deal though, once you’ve asked Jesus into your heart it’s time to let Him guide and direct you. It’s always great to find a solid Bible believing church and get connected and start growing and learning. start reading your Bible. I recommend starting with the books of John or Luke.
Trust me, God will be patient with you, but from here forward keep looking to Him for strength and the hope of Jesus will never let you down.
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