These scars are the memorials of the fight!
"Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne!" Revelation 5:6
Why would our exalted Lord appear in His wounds, in glory?
The wounds of Jesus are His glories, His jewels, His sacred ornaments. To the eye of the believer, Jesus is lovely because He is "white and ruddy"—white with innocence, and ruddy with His own blood. We see Him as the Lily of matchless purity—and as the Rose crimsoned with His own gore. Christ is lovely in His life and His teaching—but oh! there never was such a matchless Christ as He who hung upon the cross! There we behold . . .
all His beauties in perfections,
all His attributes developed,
all His love drawn out,
all His character expressed!
Beloved, the wounds of Jesus are far more lovely in our eyes than all the splendor and pomp of kings! The thorny crown is more attractive than any imperial diadem. Jesus wears the appearance of a slain Lamb as His court dress in which He wooed our souls, and redeemed them by His complete atonement.
Nor are these only the ornaments of Christ—they are the trophies of His love and of His victory! He has redeemed for Himself a great multitude whom no man can number—and these scars are the memorials of the fight!
Ah! if Christ delights to retain the thought of His sufferings for His people—then how precious should His wounds be to us!
"Behold how every wound of His,
A precious balm distills,
Which heals the scars that sin had made,
And cures all mortal ills!
Those wounds are mouths that preach His grace,
The ensigns of His love;
The seals of our expected bliss,
In paradise above!"