Resurrection on Parade – part 3 of 4

{Part 3 of “Resurrection on Parade,” a little something I shared in April 2010 at my church}

Luke 24:40-41 — When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.  And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”

After all they have been through with the arrest and crucifixion, the doubts and the questions, the disciples are apparently having an “I can’t believe it’s not butter!” kind of moment. 

It says, “They still did not believe….”

While the text says, “they still did not believe,” it seems like this isn’t anything more than that the disciples were in astonishment and shock.  The disciples couldn’t believe Jesus was standing before them because of “joy and amazement.”  They can’t digest what is going on here. 

And so Jesus grubs on some cooked fish to prove that, yeah, He is for real.  He has risen from the grave.

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Now I can relate to the disciples here.  I feel like I can get stuck in my amazement and wonder at Jesus and that I can’t move beyond that.  I think that it’s easy for us to be so bewildered by God and His power that we can end up feeling frozen.  We don’t know what to do next in our journey.

You see this throughout Luke 24.  The disciples were amazed and in wonder so much because they couldn’t fathom what it all means.  What happens next?  What do they do now? 

This is something that I think speaks to us on certain levels.  Now that we have the Risen Christ in our lives, where do we go from here?

In the last part of the passage, Jesus lets us know what happens.

Luke 24:46-48 — He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.”

So what’s this have to do with parades?

Jesus is leading us in a “Resurrection parade.”  This parade isn’t one you want to sleep through and miss.  It’s not a boring parade with candy and politicians and beauty queens.  This parade features incredible sights, and the main attraction is the Resurrected Messiah who refuses to stay dead.

In a sense, Jesus is telling the disciples that what comes next is that they preach repentance and forgiveness of sins to the entire world, because of the Death and Resurrection of Christ.

And so Jesus begins The Resurrection Parade, a parade that is an exclamation that INCREDIBLY GOOD NEWS is here!  This parade is all about proclaiming that repentance and forgiveness are here for those who follow the Christ.

And WE get to be a part of this Resurrection on Parade.

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It’s kind of like the scene from Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement when….

Ok, ok, PLEASE believe me that this isn’t a movie I would normally subject myself to!  It’s something my wife asked me to watch with her and I wanted to be with her and so we watched it.  But I did read while we watched it, so technically I’m still a man.[1]

But all kidding aside, there’s this great metaphor in a scene where a princess steps down from her royal pedestal as Grand Marshal of the parade.

Cheesy chick-flick aside, this is a beautiful metaphor!  You’ve got Royalty asking commoners—orphans!—to jump into the parade, right alongside the royalty.

Jesus is this kind of Grand Marshal.  He comes to us and says “Join Me in the Resurrection on Parade.  Be a part of something grand.  Follow me!”


[1] This is the cheesiest movie in the entire world.  It’s true.  There have been studies.

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About Brian Swanson

Christ follower. Screw up. Stained with grace. Ruined by Jesus.
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