This is part deux of my post series featuring a talk I shared at church in April of 2010. “Resurrection on Parade” was the title.
Luke 24:36-49 is the Scripture to check out, for context.
Now, without further ado….
The Resurrection is, in combo with Jesus sacrificing His life on the cross, the most important element of our faith. Jesus’ death and resurrection go hand in hand. This is why we revisit the Resurrection appearances. These narratives are meant to amaze us and propel us into following Jesus.
There is a lot of great stuff to chew on in the Resurrection appearances.
- We get more stories about Jesus!
- They serve as the basis for how we should be transformed by first encountering the Living Christ who has defeated sin & death.
They also serve as evidences we can use to share our faith:
- Jesus did rise from the dead.
- People saw this & touched His wounds.
- These people even died for what they reported about seeing and experiencing with the Risen Jesus.
- They contain promises from Jesus about our roles in the Kingdom of God.
I love reading the stories about what Jesus did after He rose from the dead. We get to see the forgiveness Jesus has for people who turned their back on Him. We witness the complete shock and excitement the disciples had. We get a glimpse of what’s supposed to come with the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:36-39, again:
While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 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.”
What’s great about this is that Jesus doesn’t come back to the disciples and put them through the ringer about leaving Him behind. Jesus doesn’t appear with an axe to grind like in some horror movie. Instead, He shows up and says, “Look, guys! I really did conquer sin and death when I died. And, check out these cool scars!”
After we have turned out back on Him, Jesus comes to you and me and says, “All is forgiven. See Me. Follow Me.”