A Cruciform Resurrection

When Jesus was raised, he still bore the wounds of crucifixion. Those wounds rather than being erased by resurrection, became proof of his resurrection. As we are united with him in his death and resurrection, we need to understand that our wounds also remain, not to defeat or discourage us, but to remind us that in our weaknesses his strength is magnified in us. Let us then not run from our wounds, but to use them as proofs of the power of God to raise us from spiritual death.