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.”
Sometimes in a story, everything gets really vivid. Luke’s account ignites that in me. With the flair of the dramatic– Jesus, freshly resurrected from the dead, bursts into the room and he scares the bejeezus out of everyone. I guess it was one of those times when you just had to be there in order to really get it.
“Frightened” and “terrified”–(it takes two words to describe this spooky experience.)
Not only that, but they got really freaky, after all, He had to be a ghost! I can only imagine their fear at that moment. I think everyone present bolted to the door. But wait for a second! “The door is still locked?! OMG, what can we do?”
We see Jesus [I think he was lovingly amused] point out that he was still a human being–look at me! Think for a second, have you ever tried to get a pet dog, who is so scared he’s peeing on the floor, to come to you? I see the disciples kind of half crawling, stooped, and very unsure about this.
They slowly encircle Jesus and as they come, I have to believe He’s laughing. He has returned from the dead.
He is laughing from the pure joy of one who has endured the worst of very real hell.
Jesus has come out on the other side, intact. I believe Jesus is reveling at the moment, and he is among friends whom he loves and vice versa. He is alive, he has done the impossible, and I can only imagine everyone is laughing and crying at the same time!
I believe each one of us has walls.
Yes, you and I. Walls. These borders give us security and protection. We feel we have to have them or else. The disciples feel like there’s security in numbers and safety in their walls that protect them. I can so relate.
But Jesus insists on penetrating our walls.
And suddenly we come ‘face-to-face’ with the dead one who’s now alive.
Look closely now, it is resurrection power–and it’s the most powerful force in the universe, more intense than the sun. A nuclear bomb can’t match this intensity of light and power. It’s funny, when Moses prostrated himself before the Lord’s glory, he changed. Not only that, but he had to take precautions to cover his face when he returned to camp. These disciples however have just seen the glory of God first-hand.
And they weren’t even wearing protective goggles!
As broken believers, we must be prepared for any eventuality. Jesus can and will burst into our homes, and into our very lives. Can you hear him laugh?
When he comes, nothing really is the same again. He loves his disciples too much to leave them in a dark stuffy room.
The resurrected Jesus is coming for you!
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me.”
Revelation 3:20, NCV