There is so much to say here about the resurrection, the resurrected body of Christ, and the time he spent with his followers. Here’s some highlights:
The Resurrected Body of Jesus
We see here that Jesus becomes the first person to receive their resurrection body. Luke does his best to describe to us what Jesus is like after his resurrection. In some ways he has a very physical body. He can be touched, can break bread, and eats food. He even bears the scars of his human flesh. And yet his physical body has changed enough that two of the disciples don’t recognize him on the road. But then his body is very spiritual. He appears to the disciples to be a ghost, can disappear from a dinner table, and can suddenly appear in a crowded room. The only thing that seems clear is that Luke is using the best words and tools that he has to try to describe to us something that is entirely new. It is physical, but in a different way. It is spiritual, but in a different way. It’s new and it is difficult to describe, but it was life-changing to encounter.
(Doubting) Thomas and Friends
Luke doesn’t give us the full story of Thomas showing up late to the party with a personal story of doubt and disbelief. What I love is that we constantly critique Thomas for his doubt because he insisted that he be able to touch Jesus’ hands and feet. In Luke’s account, the entire group of Apostles and disciples is still in such disbelief after seeing the hands and feet that Jesus has to eat something in front of them to prove he’s not a ghost. “Seriously. I promise you I am not a ghost. Can a ghost eat food? Watch this….I’m eating the food. See…I’m Jesus and I am not a ghost.”
Wait…the Prophets say Jesus had to Die?
At the beginning of this chapter the followers of Jesus are hiding, huddling, confused, scared, and not sure what to do. By the end of it they are constantly worshiping in the Temple. Remember that they were hiding from those who killed Jesus, the Jewish leaders and the Romans. The last place you go if you are scared of those groups is the Temple. But everything has changed. Jesus is LORD and he has conquered sin and death. So why be afraid of those who couldn’t kill Jesus and can’t kill you? When you follow the one who has defeated death, those who hold power through fear lose their power. This is the victory that suddenly belongs to all of those who proclaim the name of the Resurrected LORD, Jesus of Nazareth. And now he invites each of us to share in this victory forever. Have you joined in this victory or are you still afraid?
This concludes our discussion on Luke. If there was something about Luke or our discussions on it that challenged you or that you particularly enjoyed, share it on the comments. We will start with Luke’s sequel, the book of Acts on Monday, since Friday is a “Hot Topic” day.