7750 - Is This a Ghost


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After his resurrection, Jesus was not just brought back to life in spirit, but in body as well.

I have great appreciation for the sacrificial love which the Lord Jesus Christ evidenced as he persevered through unjust treatment and death. I identify with those friends around Jesus as they went through great confusion and uncertainty, even fear during those days.

Then when Jesus was resurrected and the tomb was empty, their uncertainty must have been increased rather than being relieved. Where was Jesus? What’s going on?

Then as the day passed, with each hour or so bringing new information into their lives, the adrenaline must have flowed.

Early in the morning Mary Magdalene was near the tomb when Jesus appeared to her. Of course, she reported all this to the disciples.

Then Jesus appeared to the other women who had ministered with him in Galilee.

Also, two of the disciples on the way to the village of Emmaus were joined by Jesus without being recognized. Later he was revealed to them and they hastened back to Jerusalem to give their report.

In addition we do know that Jesus appeared to Simon Peter during the day.

At the end of day, as the disciples were gathered behind closed doors Jesus appeared in their midst.

Listen to Luke 24:36-44:

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." 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?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms."

Friends, finally, Jesus was face to face with the disciples. They did not have to rely upon what the few who had seen him had told them.

Jesus said: “Peace be with you.” They were stunned and scared. They wondered if indeed they were seeing his ghost.

Then Jesus quizzed them why they were troubled by his appearance, and by the events of the day. Why do you doubt all these reports?

To help overcome the shock Jesus invited them to touch him, and be sure he was not a ghost. Take a Look at my hands and feet, the wounds are still visible.

Scripture tells us they had trouble believing because of joy and amazement.

Finally Jesus asked if they had something to eat. When given a piece of broiled fish, he ate it as they all watched. After a moment it sank in that he had eaten, just like he used to do with them. Slowly they began to grasp the truth of what they were seeing.

Then they heard Jesus say, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

John tells us that they were glad when they saw Jesus. They had renewed vision for the future.

The gospel of John adds some significant points.

Now after the resurrection (20:21) Jesus tells them directly: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

This is the Lord’s commissioning words to these men who had walked with him, lived with him and ministered with him during the past three years. Now they are sent into the world with the authority of Jesus, to do the kind of things Jesus has been doing. They were to extend his work into all the world.

In order to enable them for this ministry, Jesus breathed on them and imparted power for them to do God’s will. This is believed by many to be a foretaste of the coming of the Holy Spirit in power at Pentecost, some fifty days later.

Jesus was establishing the leadership foundation for the coming church — the body of Christ.