One of John McCainâ€™s punch linesÂ during his two-year campaign in theÂ 2008 United States Presidential electionÂ was â€œIâ€™ve got the scars to prove it.â€ He wasÂ referring to the wounds he sustained whenÂ he was a prisoner of war. John McCainÂ was engaged in a war of mortal combatÂ when he sustained those wounds. ThankÂ God, he is alive to tell the story.
There is, however, another Man whoÂ was engaged in a spiritual warfare againstÂ a formidable foe. His name is Jesus.Â This greatest of all battles was foughtÂ at Calvary for the souls of men, and theÂ Lord Jesus â€œhas the scars to prove it.â€Â Isaiah wrote of the Saviour, â€œBut He wasÂ wounded for our transgressions, He wasÂ bruised for our iniquities: the chastisementÂ of our peace was upon Him; and with HisÂ stripes we are healedâ€ (Isaiah 53:5). WhenÂ the apostle Thomas was told of theÂ resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, heÂ doubted. The next time the Lord JesusÂ appeared to His disciples, Thomas wasÂ there. When Thomas saw the wounds ofÂ Calvary he exclaimed â€œMy Lord and myÂ Godâ€ (John 20:28).
We are all in bondage to sin and Satan,Â because â€œall have sinned, and come short ofÂ the glory of Godâ€ (Romans 3:23). Godâ€™sÂ righteousness must be vindicated, SatanÂ must be defeated, and mankind must beÂ liberated. How could this be done? OnlyÂ Godâ€™s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ couldÂ deliver us. In the Bible we read, â€œâ€¦thatÂ through death He might destroy him thatÂ had the power of death, that is the devil;Â and deliver them who through fear of death,Â were all their lifetime subject to bondageâ€Â (Hebrews 2:14-15).
For three agonizing hours the LordÂ Jesus was engaged in a mighty spiritualÂ combat against Satan for the souls of menÂ as He gained the victory for mankind. HeÂ has the scars to prove it: â€œAnd I beheld and,Â lo, in the midst of the Throneâ€¦stood a LambÂ as it had been slainâ€ (Revelation 5:6).
John McCainâ€™s scars are a testimony ofÂ his commitment to a cause and his love forÂ His country. The scars that the Lord JesusÂ bears are a revealing testimony of HisÂ commitment to a greater cause and of HisÂ enduring love for mankind. The wholeÂ world owes a debt of gratitude to Him forÂ His death on the cross and the victory HeÂ gained. Why not open your heart to HimÂ today and invite the Lord Jesus to comeÂ in? â€œBehold, I stand at the door, and knock; ifÂ any man hear My voice, and open the door, IÂ will come in to him, and will sup with him,Â and he with Meâ€ (Revelation 3:20).
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