Last Sunday (April 19, 2020) we took a look at the very familiar story of Jesus’ appearance to Thomas. The disciple frequently labeled “Doubting Thomas” (John 20:19-29). In John’s gospel, it’s the second time Jesus appeared to the disciples behind locked doors. Jesus insists that Thomas touch his wounds to prove that the man before him is in fact the Risen Lord. So often we take this story at face value. Jesus allowed Thomas to touch the wounds in order that he might believe in the resurrection. A much deeper question though is why did Jesus still have wounds? Why didn’t God “fix him up” before his resurrection appearances. The first church I served had twelve beautiful stained glass windows said to have been imported from Belgium. One of the windows showed Jesus as the Good Shepherd complete with staff and lamb in his arms. Only close inspection revealed the wounds in his hands and feet. It is the wounded Christ who is the Good Shepherd. His injuries remind us that Jesus doesn’t wait for us to be completely whole before he comes to us. Jesus’ wounds remind us that he has experienced the same pain and loneliness, the same abandonment and despair that we feel. Jesus is the Word made flesh who dwelt among us experiencing all of the highs and lows of human existence. Regardless of where we are in our walk of life, Jesus has been there and more than that - he cares. He cares about each and every one of us. So much so that he willingly endured unimaginable pain and suffering and the humiliation of the cross in order that through him each of us might find salvation. Thanks be to God!