devotional post # 2085
Luk 24:36 While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!”
Luk 24:37 But they were shocked and scared and thought they saw a spirit.
Luk 24:38 And he said to them, “Why are you distressed, and why do doubts emerge from your hearts?
Luk 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. Because a spirit does not have flesh and bones like you see that I have.”
Luk 24:40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
Luk 24:41 And even though they still disbelieved because of joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?”
Luk 24:42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
Luk 24:43 and he took it and ate before them.
Some say that the stories of Jesus’ resurrection are the products of mass hysteria — that the disciples dreamed them because they wanted him to be alive. But the stories reflect not their zeal for his presence, but their reluctance to accept it. Jesus had to encourage them to look, feel and eat themselves into the historical reality of his resurrected life.
Now that he has returned to heaven, it is all the more important for us to know that there is a human body up there, and that what he says about his return to earth is just as true as what he had said about his return from the grave. He has left this record of his resurrection in the Scriptures. He invites us to trust in it, and expect his return, because he is not content to be merely a doctrine. He is coming again!
LORD, we trust your word, and we expect your return.