“Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
~ LUKE 24:39 No Fear of Death
More than five hundred eyewitnesses saw the resurrected Christ. They saw him physically.
They saw him factually. They didn’t see a phantom or experience a sentiment. Grave eulogies often include such phrases as “She’ll live on forever in my heart.” Jesus’ followers weren’t saying this. They saw Jesus “in the flesh.”
When he appeared to the disciples, he assured them, “It is I myself!” (Luke 24:39 NIV). The Emmaus-bound disciples saw nothing extraordinary about his body. His feet touched the ground. His hands touched the bread. They thought he was a fellow pilgrim until “their eyes were opened” (v. 31 NIV). Mary saw Jesus in the garden and called him “sir” (John 20:15 NIV). The disciples saw Jesus cooking fish on the shore. The resurrected Christ did physical deeds in a physical body. “I am not a ghost,” he informed (Luke 24:39 NLT). “Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have” (v. 39).
Jesus experienced a physical and factual resurrection. And—here it is—because he did, we will too! “Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back” (1 Corinthians 15:23 NLT). . . .
Death is not to be feared. . . . Your last moment is not your worst. . . . Five hundred witnesses left a still-resounding testimony: it’s safe to die.
So let’s die with faith. Let’s allow the resurrection to sink into the fibers of our hearts and define the way we look at the grave. Let it “free those who were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death” (Hebrews 2:15 NCV).
Loving Jesus, death is not something we need to fear. You have promised us eternal life with you. And your resurrection is a testimony to us that we too will rise again to live with you forever. You went to the grave and returned so we can do the same. This brings hope when we face the death of a loved one or our own death, amen.
“To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne.”
~ REVELATION 3:21
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
~ HEBREWS 12:2
“Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
~ LUKE 10:20