When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence. Luke 24:40-43
Have you ever received news that was so amazing you couldn’t believe it? We might be excited and joyful, but approach the news with trepidation until we know for sure it’s real; in other words, we believe it when we see it.
The Disciples are in a similar situation. Their friend, teacher, and Messiah has returned to them, but they still cannot quite believe it. Even after showing them His scarred hands and feet, they continue in joy, but hesitation. To relieve them of their doubt, Jesus asks for something simple…a bite to eat.
When Jesus takes the fish and eats it, He provides them with tangible proof of His Resurrection. The Disciples thought if He was just a spirit, He would not have been able to eat. By eating the fish, He lifts the fear off of their hearts; showing them that He is in fact their friend. This allows them to truly rejoice and bask in His presence.
Take some time today to rejoice in joy and amazement like the Disciples. Listen to your favorite worship song and give thanks to the Lord who created everything on Earth, who sent His only Son as a payment for our sins, and who continues to create and shepherd us throughout our lives. If you’re having trouble deciding which song to listen to, listen to “Nobody Like You” by Red Rocks Worship or “Good Grace” by Hillsong and give thanks for His amazing works.
By John Egland