ODJ: true

August 11, 2013 

READ: Luke 24:36-53  

Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder (v.41).

A groom stands at the end of the aisle, transfixed by his beautiful bride in her white, flowing gown. As they exchange their rings and say their marriage vows, the groom thinks to himself, This is too good to be true! In another corner of the world, a nurse places a newborn child in her mother’s arms. As the mum lovingly gazes at the pink face and tiny fingers, she’s filled with joy and wonder.
I believe this is how the disciples felt when their beloved Lord Jesus appeared before them in the upper room. “They stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder” (Luke 24:41). It was too good to be true, but it was true—Jesus was alive. He had risen from the grave!

One of the strongest proofs of the resurrection is the fact that the disciples had a hard time believing it at first. If they had immediately believed that Jesus was risen, we might think that their testimony of the resurrection had been tainted by their deep desire.

But Jesus offered the disciples His hands, feet and side for them to examine as further proof that His body was real (vv.39-40). He also ate a broiled fish before them (vv.42-43).

It’s true that Jesus died for our sins. He was raised bodily from the dead, and He offers forgiveness and eternal life to every sinner as a free gift. Even though we can be tempted to doubt it at times, its validity is detailed in God’s Word (vv.44-46).

Let’s go and proclaim the reality of Jesus’ resurrection and the good news: “There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent” (v.47). Hallelujah! —Poh Fang Chia

Read Isaiah 49:6 and Micah 4:1-2 to see what the Old Testament declared about the gospel and where it would go.  
How has the Lord shown Himself to be real to you? Who can you share the good news with this week?