What Do You See?


“Ecce Homo (Behold the Man)” by Antonio Ciseri

Art has an interesting way of putting things in perspective. It has a way of speaking to events in history, events in our lives, and the deepest parts of our souls. This is one such picture in my life that I sit with often.

Here is Jesus being presented by Pilate to the Jewish leaders demanding His death. This is after He is flogged as evidenced by the Crown of Thorns on His head. And yet, curiously, the scars from the assault are missing. Perhaps Ciseri (the artist) didn’t consider the scars to be important to his purpose. Maybe he couldn’t bring himself to draw them on the body of Jesus. I don’t know why the scars are missing, but I do know I see them sometimes.

Other times I don’t. I wonder if that’s the point.

  • What if all the things we believe about God’s healing work and the healing work of Jesus go further than we can see in this moment?
  • What if wounds turn to scars and scars can disappear over time?
  • What if the scars stay?
  • Is it ok for me to talk about the scars I see on my own body?
  • On my own heart?
  • In my soul even though I know nobody else can see them?

But God can see them.

God can see my wounds that are often stubborn and fight against healing.

And as God delicately attends to my wounds and patiently stitches them by the work of Divine Hands…….

It’s then I know that God can see the scars too.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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