Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Gospel of Luke talks about a discussion of the Risen Jesus with his disciples - with the 11 who remained after the resurrection. It is a fascinating read, have a look into this far reaching part of the New Testament.
Why are you troubled? …
36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.
44 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 and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (from Luke 24)
The text is dense, and probably we should read it many times before we come to further conclusions. In any case: Jesus is there among them. And he eats with them. He shows them the signs at his hands and his feed - they are there! What is going on here?
The reality of the risen Jesus …
Of course, there has been a lot of doubt towards the risen Jesus. The disciples themselves were doubtful. They did not easily believe. They only believed through the strong experiences they made here. And after that, they insisted on Jesus being alife! Of course, it is not normal that a dead person becomes alife. And it is strongly unusual what happens with Jesus. On one hand he is bone and flesh, he can be touched and he eats. On the other he seems to be able to surpass time and space. The bible speaks of the first of a new creation. But only for 40 days. God wanted something different, not just Jesus as a human among us forever.
Life is fascinating. Life is strange. Life is great, it is fantastic, it is breathtaking. Yes, life is unbelievable. Even our everyday life is breathtaking. All what surrounds us. And the world as a whole is even more fantastic, nearly unbelievable.
The reality of the risen Jesus reflects Gods power. It shows what is possible, and it reflects the beauty of this creation - in a different way. The reality of Jesus today surpasses our understanding! But it is not more miraculous than nature itself, than science, than mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, phychology, medicin. The deeper I get into all of this as a scientist, the more I wonder, the deeper my astonishment and fascination! What a wonderful world, what a great God! (Roland Potthast) ... further texts