The Stigmata of Christ

brandingFrom now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.

–Galatians 6:17



A slave once carried a message written in punctures on the skin of his head, which had been previously shaved bare to receive the writing. When his hair was grown, so as to hide the letter, he went unsuspected, and the person to whom the message was sent, having shaved the letter-carrier’s head, he read the message.

The slave, in old times often carried on his body the marks (stigmata) of his master. And just as the sailor in our own times loves to have printed on his arm the initials of his own name and ship, so also should the Christian have Christ’s nature imprinted on his own character.