posted May 26, 2012, 12:17 PM by Dale Barnes
Jesus truly did rise bodily from the dead!  This was hard for those eleven disciples (apostles) to believe.  Luke 24 tells of his appearance to these men.  “They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.”  They were very troubled, and doubts were filling their minds, but Jesus said, look at my hands and feet.  Go ahead and touch me!  

The Bible tells us they still did not believe because of joy and amazement  Many of us have been in similar situations when something so wonderful happens; yet. we think or say “I can’t believe this is happening.”  Jesus continues to confirm his resurrection; “Do you have anything here to eat?”  They gave him a piece of broiled fish and he ate it.  He was not just a spirit, but he is alive and real!

This changed everything!.  Jesus had conquered death itself.  He is real and alive. They went everywhere telling others.  Those who would turn to Christ and put their trust in him could have this new life and a promise of a new eternal body.  These men, who were so frightened and discouraged, now would go into all the world telling of God’s love and his gift to all who would come to Christ.  They were so convinced they were willing to die in the process of carrying this message everywhere.

Maybe you’re a doubter!  Sounds too good to be true. That same Jesus who ministered to these early doubting, discouraged followers, will do the same for you.  He knows how to make himself real to you.  Humble yourself and ask for his help. One man said, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”  Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!