“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.
And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.”
- Luke 24:36-43
If the disciples didn’t believe in ghosts, their minds were probably changed the moment that Jesus came into their midst. There was something different about the resurrected Jesus, yet so similar and human. The disciples saw what they thought to be a spirit yet Jesus had to explain that there is more to him than merely a spirit, “For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” The gospel of John also shows that the disciples were in a room with locked doors (hiding from the Jewish leaders) when, “Jesus came and stood among them.”
The resurrected body is much more than we realize and Jesus is the one who gives us a peek into the effects of this resurrected body. It seems that we will be amazed by how little our resurrected bodies are dependent on the natural effects of this world while also shocked by how human we are.
The resurrected Jesus who could be felt, who could talk, and could eat mesmerized the disciples. Even the joy that they had was laced with a bewildering confusion, so much so that Jesus asks for food to eat in front of them to prove his humanity.
Jesus wanted those, that He revealed Himself to after the resurrection, to know that the corruption of flesh and blood was reconstructed. Like, it really happened. The new birth was accomplished! The work of the Spirit’s resurrection power reactivated the cold soul that fired up the heart inside Jesus’ chest.
We don’t have a Platonic soul that stays separated from our body. Body, soul, and Spirit are in complete union when in its redeemed form, free from the effects of sin. Oh, how we should long for this day when this body runs its course and we receive a body perfected by the blood of Christ.
So today we begin this process of preparing for that perfect self by, “put[ing] on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” I am sure that what our full being, renewed by Jesus, will be far greater than anything that we can imagine. And so we celebrate what He has accomplished today. God has made a way for us to be with Him for eternity for all who will choose to have faith in His death on the cross for our sins and in the resurrection which defeated death. Today let us come together and praise Him as the psalmist sings:
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
Talk about it
The fact that Jesus rose from the grave gives us all sorts of reasons to celebrate! What are you most thankful for on this Resurrection Sunday? Share with your family.
Caleb Rawls is the pastor at Pleasant Home Baptist Church located in Laurel Mississippi. He and his wife Taylor work lead the church to love God and reach out to their community with the good news. They also have a golden-doodle named Tiglath-Pilesar IIII.