December 21 - Luke 24:36-43

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Luke 24:36-44 – Jesus Appears to the Disciples

While it was still the Day of Resurrection and the Eleven were discussing the events of the day with Cleopas and his fellow traveler, all of a sudden Jesus was there. Though he said, “Peace be with you,” they were terrified. They believed they were seeing a ghost. The truth of the resurrection was still not something they could grasp. Even though they had just heard the words of the two who had met Jesus on the road to Emmaus, they still had intense doubts.

Jesus sought to show them that they had no reason to fear … he was not a ghost and they had no reason to doubt … it truly was him who stood before them.

The one proof that is unavailable to us today was the one proof he offered to his disciples … he was physically there in his presence. He was more than just a ghost. He had flesh and bones. He showed them his hands and feet where the marks of the crucifixion remained.

The disciples still had difficulty believing. It was too good to be true.

Then, he showed them again that not only was he flesh and bones, he was more than just an apparition, by eating a piece of broiled fish. He was fully there.