Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 15 2018

In today’s text, Luke goes into great detail to convince the reader concerning the reality of Jesus’s resurrection. He describes his hands, feet, and how he is eating. By doing this, Luke is making a point. Jesus is not picking up where he left off in his ministry.  Jesus’s appearances were special with a special purpose. In the years after Jesus’s death, the Jews rebelled against the Romans. It began in the outer provinces. This was a bloody conflict with heavy losses on both sides and ended with the destruction of the temple. When Luke wrote his gospel, he had this in his mind. His audience is the gentile-Christian community. He is saying, we are not a threat to you. Another point is the “body” of Jesus was tangible and would complete the mission. The movement was real. Luke wanted a dialogue with the movement’s followers. We ask these same questions today. What does the world see when they look at us? What will our actions show? We are the hands and feet of Jesus. The mission must be fulfilled by you.