“While Jesus’ disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost.
But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? 39 Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched.”
Sometimes in a story [a real one mind you] you get this vivid sense of seeing what really happened. Luke’s account ignites that in me. With the flair of the dramatic– Jesus, freshly resurrected, bursts into the room and he scares everyone. I guess it was one of those times where you just had to be there in order to really get it.
“Frightened” and “terrified”–it took two words to describe this spooky experience. Not only that, but they got real freaky, he had to be a ghost! I can only imagine their fear. I think everyone present bolted to the door. But wait 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, he is laughing. He has returned.
He is laughing from the pure joy of one who has endured hell and has come out on the other side, intact. I believe Jesus is reveling in the moment, and he is among friends whom he loves and vice versa. Jesus is alive, he has done the impossible, and they are laughing and crying at the same time!
We have walls. You and I. They give us security and protection. We feel we have to have them. The disciples feel like there is security in numbers and safety in their walls. I can so relate.
But Jesus penetrates our walls. And we come ‘face-to-face’ with him.
Look closely now, it is resurrection power–the most awesome force in the universe, more intense than the sun. 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.
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 the dark in a stuffy room. He comes 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