I recently came across a passage of scripture that is easy to just pass over if you are not paying close attention. It comes from Luke 24 and is dealing with some of the events that happened just after Jesus was raised from the dead. The disciples were beginning to scatter, afraid for their lives, until each had their own encounter with Christ. Here is Luke’s account of that first Easter evening.
Lk.24:36-40 – Now while they were telling these things, Jesus Himself suddenly stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were startled and frightened, and thought that they were looking at a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why are doubts arising in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, because a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you plainly see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
Jesus directs His follower’s eyes to His wounded hands and feet. None of them had quite grasped the power and importance of the resurrection until now. Jesus was a man. He had been born as a man child thirty three years before, after His death and resurrection He was and is still a man. Grasping His deity is one thing, but connecting that to His humanity is quite a different story.
This is what Good Friday and Easter is all about. Christ died in my place, He was buried in my place, and He was raised from the dead (as a man) in my place. This was not a vision and Jesus was not a spirit, He was physically raised up from the dead.
This Good Friday and Easter are times of celebration for the Body of Christ. We are no longer shuttered in our homes, we can come together and celebrate the Lord’s death and resurrection. He is alive, He proved it when He appeared to His disciples. He is still making appearances today. As far as I can tell it is actually quite common. What does he mean?, you must be thinking. Well He shows up in our gatherings just like He did that first Easter. They gathered together in His Name and suddenly, there He was in the midst of them. Don’t be surprised if He shows up in church this weekend.