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The Appearance to the Disciples (4 of 5)
Series: He's Not Here
Luke 24:36-39; John 20:19-23
"While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you'" (Luke 24:36).
"Peace be with you" (Shalom) was the standard Hebrew greeting in those days. But I believe those were intended to be far more than a simple greeting. Jesus was probably saying that the peace of salvation is now available because of His crucifixion and resurrection.
The disciples were confused and afraid.
"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!'" (John 20:19).
The reality of the resurrection provides peace during confusing and frightening times.
People are seeing Jesus in strange places today: Jesus in a Cheeto, in an ultrasound, in a potato, in a cheese curl, in a tree log, on a tree, etc.
An Orlando, Florida man says that an image of Jesus appears in the trunk of his front yard tree each evening around dusk. "In daylight, you only see the knot in the tree," said Joe Lewis. "Once it's dark and the street lights are on, the shadow is cast over the tree." Now Lewis enjoys sitting outside, looking at the image. "It feels like you are hanging out with Jesus."
Thankfully, Jesus didn't appear to His disciples in a Cheeto. He appeared in bodily form. However, at first the disciples doubted that He had really risen from the dead. It was too amazing to be true.
They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost (Luke 24:37). But He was not a goast.
He showed them His hands and feet.
"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 ...
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