While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence. Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is: “You are witnesses of these things.” We Christians, especially Methodists, have a difficult time witnessing about much. We stand in the shadows afraid to express how God has moved in our lives. We don’t want people to get the wrong idea that we are proselytizing them. But somewhere in all of that, the message of what we believe gets lost. We get too scared to tell people the amazing story of how God has worked in our individual lives. What is holding you back from telling the story? Seek out one person to tell your story to today. Start with a friend and then work your way up to telling others.
Holy God, I believe there are masters of vision, masters of peace, masters of wisdom and joy and love for me to hear. But my inward ear has been dulled by all the nonsense it hears and the cacophony of my world. I don’t know where or how to start, but teach me to listen and help me believe I can hear you. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.
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