The minute we go through a trial, we tend to ask ourselves, “Does God really love me? How come I don’t seem to see it?” When that happens, it is time to bring in the cross, for God’s love for us is displayed forever at the cross.
God gave up His Son to suffer and die on the cross for us. Jesus was pierced in seven places for us—in His head by the crown of thorns, His two hands and feet by the nails, and His side and heart by the spear of a Roman soldier.
Jesus wore the crown of thorns on His head so that we can have a sound mind free from fears, guilt, depression, anxieties and stress.
When Jesus first showed His nail-pierced hands to His disciples, He said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19–20) He wanted them to know that peace is found in His finished work, typified by His pierced hands. The more we see His finished work which has bought complete forgiveness of all our sins, the more our conscience will be at peace and rest.
Jesus’ feet brought Him to places where there was lack, diseases, rejection, condemnation and even death. And those feet were nail-pierced so that we do not need to be in such places. He has rescued us from having to accept and suffer these things in life.
And just as Eve came forth from Adam’s side when he was sleeping, the bride of Christ, the church, came forth from Jesus’ pierced side and death. If He died to have us as His spotless bride, He lives today to care for us.
The only man-made things in heaven today are those scars on His body. We will remain forever as tokens of His everlasting love and passion.