Easter 3, 2024

Mark has almost no resurrection stories for us, so we are dependent upon the other Gospels for this. Last week we heard John’s account of disbelieving Thomas in the upper room. This week we hear Luke’s account of Jesus confronting the disbelief of all the disciples in the upper room, eating a piece of fish to prove that he was not a ghost, that he had really risen from the dead. This is the continuation of the Emmaus disciples event. They ran back to tell the others. They are talking about what happened to them when Jesus shows up here.

This is now the second week we are given to hear of disbelief in the resurrection. It must have been a tough idea to get one’s head around in the first century too. We read that the philosophers in Athens laughed at Paul when he spoke of it in Acts 17. A few years ago my son, a theology student in Germany, was talking to a fellow student. My son said, “Jesus rose from the dead and that changes everything.” His colleague looked at him in amazement and said, “I think you actually believe that.” He was himself incredulous about both the resurrection and my son’s belief in the veracity of that resurrection event. I am proud and glad that my son could say that. I wish more could.

I think there are in fact many who come to churches, even our churches, who have not really wrestled with just what we confess when we say that Jesus rose from the dead. This Sunday’s gospel reading is perhaps, even more than last Sunday, the opportunity for us to wrestle and proclaim the resurrection of Jesus and all that has changed because He rose from the dead.

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