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April 11 – The Boys Are Back Together!

“As they were talking about these things, Jesus Himself stood among them, and said to them, ‘Peace to you!’  But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit.  And He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Touch Me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, He said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate before them.” Luke 24:36-43

Devotional Thought For The Day

This is another fascinating account – which goes on to detail the most important things in the verses following.  But the obviously compelling question for the disciples was the nature of Jesus’ resurrection. Thank God for this account which supplies some of the dramatic and important details.

First, that Jesus’ appearance was not as a “ghost” or a mere “spirit,” or for that matter a mere apparition in their minds.  They were able to exorcise some of their demons of doubt in this meeting with Jesus. This whole scene is a bit reminiscent of athletes welcoming back a teammate recently recovered from some surgery – they want to see the scar and hear about the injuries.  They want to make sure the teammate is back to “normal.” If it was a particularly debilitating injury, the teammates have questions about functionality and performance. Jesus urges the disciples to empirically verify His resurrection, not only with sight, but also with touch – and finally by eating a piece of fish with them. Boys always have food nearby!

Do you get the “normalcy” of all of this?  Yes, it was extraordinary and daunting for the disciples to get a grip, but think of all the ordinary things Jesus reassured them of.  This helps us to grasp what our own resurrection will be like – since our bodies will be raised “like unto His own glorious body.” [Phil. 3:21]  Will we still have our scars? Possibly – Jesus’ scars were evidence [proof] of Who He was. But we will have none of the disabilities or prosthetics we currently have. Will we eat?  Apparently we will be able to eat, and I don’t know why we would expect differently as much as food is part of our normal discourse and as much as we enjoy it. But surely the camaraderie, the joy of fellowship, friendship, and family will be a huge part of our enjoyment of the life to come. Can you imagine the reunion awaiting us?

These disciples were not gullible dupes, nor were they tragically weak minded or susceptible to delusions because they “believed” so much in Jesus.  Sure, they were grieving deeply – but their greatest weakness was precisely their lack of faith. The blunt realities of the physical resurrection of Jesus were shocking to them, and unbelievable even when they saw it with their own eyes. Remember the first article of the Creed – properly being human is a matter of having both soul and body. Creation remains precious to God, His doing and our great blessedness. The same blessed gifts we enjoy today are part of the promise of the coming kingdom – only perfected as God intended them to be for us. All because of Jesus, His suffering and death for our sin and guilt, and His glorious resurrection for our justification. [Rom. 4:25]  “Do not be doubting, but believe,” He also encourages us! [Jn. 20:27]

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we have so many questions and doubts, and the reasoning of those around us can impact and influence us to think wrongly about Your resurrection and our future. Help us to suspend all sinful doubts and to find great joy in all that You have given to us and have promised us regarding the life to come. Fill us with the joy of Your great victory, which You have made our own. Amen.