While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 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.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence. – Luke 23:36-43
Sometimes we need a little extra assurance. We hear the good news: she said, “Yes.” Your boss tells you you’ve got a promotion. The test results come in: All Clear. Your book has been accepted to be published. When I hear news like that I just need a little assurance: You mean it? Is it really true? Did I hear you right? The implications of that bit of good news is so important and far reaching. It’s not just too good to be true. It’s so good that if it is true your life will be changed.
So it is with Jesus’ resurrection. If it’s really true, everything changes. It’s not too good to be true, but it is so good we really do verify that it is true.
Sometimes I want to tell folks, “I said it once. I don’t need to say it again.” This was especially true with our children growing up. And the promise of the resurrection of Jesus was taught throughout the Old Testament. He told his disciples that he was going to die, but be raised from the dead on several occasions throughout his ministry. You’d think he had said it enough.
But the implications of the resurrection are so far reaching, and the stakes are so high that Jesus will once more prove his resurrection and appear to the disciples; showing this time yet another facet of his resurrection. He is real. He is corporal. He is not a figment of their imagination. He wants everyone to have no need for confusion and lingering questions. Jesus is alive. He lives. No doubt about it.