September 22, 2020 – Tuesday
Luke 24:375-42 NIV
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
39 Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet.
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
42 They gave Him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and He took it and ate it in their presence.
Yesterday, Monday – September 21, 2020 – we got all the way up to verse 36. Today we start on the following verse where we find the disciples were all startled and frightened after Jesus suddenly appeared among them and said Peace be with you. They thought they were looking at a ghost, even though this occurred while the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus had Jesus appear to them.
Why were they startled and frightened? They thought the were looking at a ghost. Of course, we know better or at least we think we do. But ask yourself, how would you react if someone you know to be dead, to have died in a ghastly manner, were to suddenly appear to you and others in a closed setting? Really, how would you react? We have read of such things and of this account of Jesus, plus we have seen movies with such occurrences. However, his disciples had never experienced anything like this. Never. They may have heard stories of ghosts and spirits, but nothing in their lives prepared them for this experience, thus their fear should not be considered unexpected.
Still, Jesus rebuked them somewhat mildly, Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Jesus did not stop in His attempts to put them at ease to bring them to an understanding of the reality that He was indeed standing before them in the flesh, not as a ghost. So, He also said, Look at My hands and My feet. It is I Myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have. In His own way, Jesus was saying Believe what you see and can touch, not your preconceived notions. For I am here and I have defeated death as I said I would. After He told them to look at His hands and His feet, He showed them His hands and feet (v40 above).
Next, we have the most unusual verse and key verse for today where we have, And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, He asked them, Do you have anything here to eat? Really, they still did not believe because of joy and amazement? Numerous commentaries tell us while they were joyful and amazed, they were at the same time worried, could this be too good to be true or even an illusion of some sort. Jesus saw and understood their concerns, which is why He asked, Do you have anything here to eat? In response, They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, and He took it and ate it in their presence. Nope, no ghost here, ghosts do not eat!
Jesus then went on teaching them how (v44b) Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. And continued by opening their minds so they would understand scripture. Afterwards He led them near Bethany where He blessed them as He began His ascent into Heaven.
Bottom line: We come back to the question of will we believe? Do we believe the Good News of Jesus dying to pay the price for our sins? Do we believe sufficiently to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior? If so, do our lives show fruit of our repentance? If not, have we really accepted Christ? If not, have we really repented? God’s offer of Grace is there waiting on us to accept His Grace. The choice, as always, is ours. God will not force us to chose one way or the other. Choose wisely.