Will Jesus have hand scars in heaven?

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Jesus’ Scars in Heaven

The Scriptures don’t directly mention if Jesus will have hand scars in heaven. But there are some clues in the Bible to indicate that. The prophet Zechariah wrote, “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends'” (ch. 13:6).

Some interpreters have applied this text to Christ as predictive of His wounds received at the hands of those who should have been His friends (Matthew 27:26; Mark 14:65; 15:15; Luke 22:63; John 19:1, 17, 18). Others have understood it as Him showing his wounds to some of the saints in heaven (ex. children), who died before getting the chance to learn of His crucifixion on earth.

Also, the Scriptures mention that these scars were seen by the disciples after Christ’s resurrection. And the Savior specifically said to doubting Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing” (John 20:27).

Finally, it is believed that the verses in Isaiah 49 indicate that throughout eternity the nail prints in the hands of Christ will be a perpetual reminder of His love for sinners. The verses say, “But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, [j]and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me” (verses 14-16).

Scars of Love

Some believe that Jesus will indeed keep His scars in the new kingdom of glory to remind the redeemed of His infinite love for them throughout eternity. And that He was the lamb that was slain for their salvation (Isaiah 53). God demonstrated inexplicable love for the lost race in enduring His sacrifice.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son, through whom it becomes possible for us to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Love is genuine only when it is in action. God’s love for sinners led Him to give all that He had for their salvation (Romans 5:8). It is the essence of love to sacrifice self for others; selfishness is the antithesis of love.

There are none to whom God arbitrarily refuses the benefits of salvation. Love requires reciprocity in order to be fully effective. None of the lost can accuse God of not loving them. His love embraces all mankind, but directly benefits only those who respond to it (John 1:12). There is only one condition—belief in, and willing cooperation with the Savior.

A related article: What are the 7 wounds or scars of Christ?

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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