When I read passages from the bible I like to place myself in the situation and reflect on how I would react. Blessed with 2000 years of hindsight I am sure that If Jesus had greeted me with the phrase “Peace be with you” I would have automatically extended my hand and responded with the standard greeting “and also with you.” I would just know this was the fulfillment of the scripture.
Then I look deeper and really try to relate to those people. I would have to be more honest about my probable reactions. I would have been frightened as I would not have had experience of a dead person returning to life. It would probably take me a while to let the scene sink in. I would be confused and after the shock wore off excited to see Jesus again. Then slowly rational thought would creep in and I would remember that he had predicted this. The scriptures had foretold this would happen. Still it would be a lot to take in.
When Jesus asked for something to eat he is humanizing his exitance again. Ghosts do not eat, friends eat together. They were no doubt joyful to see Jesus returned to them. In many ways this is the adage “too good to be true” being disproved. It is too good to be true but it is true! I love Luke’s description of the disciple’s reaction: ‘…in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering…’ It is so true to the way faith slowly dispels doubt. Joy testifies to the world-changing reality before them while at the same time they brim with questions. As we deepen our faith the world changing reality of Jesus’ life and love becomes more real.
Through our Lenten journey we walked with Jesus through his difficult days and ultimately to his death. Now it is Easter and we rejoice in the knowledge that he is alive and inviting us to be his and walk his walk. He asks us to love one another as he loves us. We must always remember, we serve a risen Christ. Alleluia!