Jesus Appears to His Disciples36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: Kiss the Feet
Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: The Living Christ Dispels All Doubt
The resurrection is such a crucial fact. Christianity crumbles without it.
Because of the resurrection, sin is defeated. Because of the resurrection, death is defeated. Because of the resurrection, God's wrath has been satisfied. Because of the resurrection, our ability to have an eternal relationship with God has been made possible.
It's a big deal.
Which means that Jesus couldn't simply be resurrected and return to heaven. He needed to be seen alive by the disciples. The resurrection needed to be witnessed.
Why a bodily resurrection?
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 24:44-49
Sunday's passage: Haggai 1-2
Monday's passage: Revelation 17, Zechariah 1-2