After the Resurrection
I woke up this morning with a burning question: What did Jesus do after He was resurrected?
In general terms, I know that He appeared to His disciples. I know that He performed miracles. I know that He stayed with them for 40 days.
Since I wanted to know what else He did, I opened my Bible and read Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts about the days immediately following the Resurrection. And what I found utterly amazes me…
Not surprising to you? Well, it certainly was to me! For some reason, I pictured a resurrected Jesus that didn’t need food. (Please tell me I’m not the only one that reads something in the Bible, and then thinks “How could my thinking have been so off?” or “Am I that stupid?”)
Jesus was not a spirit…He was a resurrected man!
Vs.30 “And it occurred that He reclined at table with them He took [a loaf of] bread and praised [God] and gave thanks and asked a blessing, and then broke it and was giving it to them when their eyes were [instantly] opened and the [clearly] recognized Him, and He vanished (departed visibly)..
Vs. 41-43 “And while [since] they still could not believe it for sheer joy and marveled He said to them, Have you anything here to eat? They gave Him a piece of boiled fish, and He took [it] and ate [it] before them.”
(Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples had gone back to fishing after Jesus was crucified.)
Vs. 9-10 “When they got out on land (the beach), they saw a fire of coals there and fish lying on it [cooking] and bread. Jesus said to them, Bring some of the fish which you have caught.
Vs. 12 “Jesus said to them, Come [and] have breakfast…”
Vs. 13 “Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and also [with] the fish.
(Can you imagine?! They were out fishing and Jesus built a fire and cooked breakfast for them!)
Vs. 4 “And while being in their company and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for what the Father had promised…”
He ate! What an utterly human thing to do!
Jesus, our Messiah, came to this earth in human form so we could know that He understands us. He felt joy, pain, happiness, betrayal, sadness, anger, and even hunger.