Be Like Him Or Look Like Him?

Q. Re: Rev. 5:6, you wrote in a previous column, “Although John’s description is symbolic, many scholars believe John saw Jesus in physical form still bearing the scars of His crucifixion and that’s the way He looks today.” So, if our Lord still carries the scars of crucifixion, and we are supposed to become like Him, will we carry those scars also? Will his body become perfect at some point? I’ve never heard that mentioned, and can’t find anything to support it after years of Bible study.

A. I don’t think we can draw the conclusion that because the Lord still carries the scars of His crucifixion, we will also bear them. I think John’s comment that when we see Him we’ll be like He is (1 John 3:2) refers more to His abilities than His physical appearance. Otherwise every one of us would look alike, and we’d all look like Him.

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