Thursday 20th April 2017

Luke 24: 36-49 (NKJV)

Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41But while they still did not believe for joy, and marvelled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43And He took it and ate in their presence. 44Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48And you are witnesses of these things. 49Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

While the disciples were hiding in the upper room for fear of the authorities, Jesus miraculously appeared in their midst and greeted them. They were terrified and thought they had seen a ghost. Jesus’ resurrected body was unique, no longer subject to the laws of nature. He could appear in a locked room, yet He could be touched and He could eat. However, Jesus still showed them the nail scars in His hands and His feet to prove that He was real. He offered to let them touch Him. Today, people need to realize that Jesus Christ is alive. He is real and those who trust Him as Saviour become God’s children and have hope of spending eternity with God (Jn. 14: 6; Acts 16: 31).

Is Jesus just a story on the page of a book to you or is He real in your heart? Just knowing about Jesus and what He did will not save your soul. You have to know Him in a personal and real way before you can be saved from your sins and from an eternity in hell. Who is Jesus to you? Jesus posed that question to His disciples (Matt. 16: 15-16).  Peter had the right answer, do you?

Prayer: Lord, I invite you into my heart; please take control of my life.