Touch Me And See
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
April 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 24:36b-48
Touch Me And See

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 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.

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.

Pastor's Summary of Luke 24:36b-48

Jesus has appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, and has shared bread with them (vv. 13-232).  Upon returning to Jerusalem, they have heard from "the eleven and their companions" (v. 33) that Jesus has also appeared to Peter. "Peace" (v. 36), proclaimed by the angel at Jesus' birth, (in 2:14) is now his gift to the disciples.  When the group think they are seeing a ghost (v. 37)., Jesus asks them: why do you have trouble in believing that it is me, risen from death? (v. 38) He invites them to "touch me and see" (v. 39), to understand.  Realizing that he is risen, their joy is so great as to leap beyond belief (v. 41).  They give him "boiled fish" (v. 42), a Galilean dish.  Eating shows that he is not a ghost: he is bodily resurrected.  Times have changed, as "while I was still with you" (v. 44) shows.  He tells them that he fulfils the whole of the Old Testament (to Jews divided into "the law...the prophets, and the psalms" or Writings), and explains the scriptures to them (v. 45).   He commissions the Church: with faith in his divinity ("in his name", v. 47 "repentance and to be all nations"; the Church is his agent.