Luke 24:36-48 - Becoming More Real
Encountering the Resurrected Jesus
An incredible number of people witnessed Jesus being alive, being resurrected, after his crucifixion. While some people today claim that Jesus’s resurrection was an illusion, or a mass hallucination of zealous followers, or a conspiracy on behalf of a select group of disappointed and disgruntled followers who sold a lie to the world for some unspecified reason, the actual accounting of witnesses is astonishing and can’t be reasonably dismissed. This Easter season worship series will examine the record of those people who met, spoke, and even ate with Jesus after he rose from the dead, whether they be the accounts of anywhere from one individual to over five hundred people at one time. Through these seven weeks, we will hear their stories, but more importantly, we will hear the truth about life conquering death through Jesus Christ.
In today’s story, Jesus’s followers saw him not as a ghost, but in a glorified, resurrection body. Resurrection is not resuscitation, and it is not an ethereal apparition of our former selves. When we are resurrected, we become ‘more real’ than we are right now, living eternally in a form that no longer carries the burdens and pains that the world has caused us. The beauty of this resurrection power is that we don’t have to wait to die to experience. It’s available to us this very day.
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