In the Nauvoo Visitor Center, there is a replica of the Christus statue by Bertel Thorvaldsen. Thousands of guests come to Nauvoo, Illinois each year and pause in front of this statue. One day while I was serving in the Visitor Center as a missionary, a little girl looked at me and pointed to the wounds in Christ’s hands. She then declared with pride, “My mom said He did that for me.” She was right.
In the days and weeks following my interaction with this little girl, I took a few moments each day to stand in front of the Christus and ponder her declaration – “He did that for me.”
We learn from the scriptures that when we are resurrected, our bodies will be perfect. Yet it occurred to me many weeks after this experience with this little girl that the wounds in Christ’s hands, feet, and side remained with Him after his resurrection. As I looked at the Christus one particular morning, I realized that while many of us hope the scars of our earthly journey will be healed and made whole in the resurrection, Christ chose to keep His scars. In that moment, a scripture from the book of Isaiah came into my heart and mind, “Yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand.” (Isaiah 49:15-16)
As I reflected upon why Christ would choose to have these scars graven on His hands for eternity, I realized that when He looks at His scars, He sees His greatest and most prized possession – us. He sees us and knows that because of those scars, we all have the opportunity to live together in our Father in Heaven’s presence again.
Earlier in the book of Isaiah, we read Christ’s command to “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)
I love how He says He will uphold us with his hand – the very hands that were pierced for us. Life can be challenging and confusing. Yet because of the hands of Christ, we are always protected and strengthened.
Sometimes when I feel weighed down by challenges, I reflect upon those moments I spent looking at the Christus in the Nauvoo Visitor Center. I remember that because of Christ everything will work out in the long run. It's because of His hands and His life we can find strength, know we are never forgotten, and be upheld when we feel we are drowning in affliction. We too can individually declare with that little girl, "He did that for me."
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