We are in this time of post-Resurrection stories of Jesus the Christ.
Our scripture last Sunday was the infamous “Doubting Thomas”. Thomas had one moment of doubt and a lifetime of service, but is remembered for that one moment of doubt. Perhaps, we have been quick to judge Thomas because his doubt was shared by all the disciples according to our scripture this morning (Luke 24: 36-48).
Jesus the Christ appears in the locked (dark) room and says “peace be with you”. These disciples, similar to Thomas, are wondering what is happening. These disciples, similar to Thomas and ourselves, do not expect our deceased loved ones to be resurrected and to suddenly appear to us in a locked and darkened room.
Therefore, these disciples begin to say within their hearts and minds “this must be the ghost (“spirit”) of our teacher (Rabbi)”. The disciples do not voice this doubt, and yet Jesus knows it.
Jesus asks ‘why do doubts arise? I am not a ghost. See! Look at my hands and feet for I am bone and flesh’.
This raises a question for me: how did Jesus get into the locked room?
NO WONDER the disciples are trying to figure out what is happening.
NO WONDER doubt arises within their minds and hearts. Read the rest of this entry »