36 As they were saying these things, he himself stood in their midst. He said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. 38 “Why are you troubled?” he asked them. “And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself! Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” 40 Having said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 But while they still were amazed and in disbelief because of their joy, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate in their presence. 44 He told them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, 47 and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.” — Luke 24:36-49
by Patty Taylor
Have you ever seen something you weren’t sure you could believe? Could your mind not comprehend what you were witnessing? What kind of “proof” do you need to be convinced you could trust your eyes?
In Luke 24, two disciples of Jesus could not believe He was alive and in their presence. Had he not been beaten, mocked, crucified, and buried in a tomb? Was this really He? They thought they were seeing a ghost, and they needed confirmation that Jesus was living.
Jesus invited them to touch His hands and feet, saying, “Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones.” While the disciples wanted to be joyful, they were still amazed and unbelieving. Then Jesus asked if they had anything to eat. They gave Him a piece of fish they had cooked. He took it and ate in front of them, further proving He was human.
The Law of Moses, the promises of the prophets, and the statements in Psalms had to be fulfilled. He had to die and be resurrected in order for their sins to be forgiven. They were called to be witnesses of the teaching and miracles of Jesus, although He told them to stay in the city until they were empowered from on high.
Astronaut Jim Irwin of Apollo 15, which landed on the moon in 1971, had an unbelievable experience. Conducting an experiment outside the capsule, he was having difficulty getting it to work. He also had a kink in his water tube line, and he needed a drink. His life was endangered. As he moved about the moon, unaware of his serious health condition, he was “amazed as he looked at the earth hanging majestically in space.” Frustrated in his attempts to get the experiment to work, Irwin needed wisdom. So he prayed, “God, I need your help right now.”
Suddenly Irwin experienced the presence of Jesus Christ in a remarkable way, unlike anything he ever felt on earth. The Lord revealed the solution to the problem, and the experiment was successful. Later his wife commented, “He was so overwhelmed at seeing and feeling God’s presence that he turned around and looked over his shoulder as if He was standing there.” At a distance of 238,000 miles from earth, Irwin’s life changed forever.
Are YOU having trouble “seeing” Jesus? Do you ever feel abandoned or unsure of the presence of God? In faith, we have to trust what Jesus said because we know who He is. In John 16:31-33 Jesus asked, "Do you now believe? I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world, [but] be courageous! I have conquered the world."
- In your quiet time, ask God to give you greater faith and trust.
- Read Romans 8:28-39 to gain assurance that Jesus is taking care of you.
- Will you “see” Jesus differently this Easter?
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