What happened after Easter Sunday? (Luke 24:36-49)
The resurrected Jesus is one of my favorite glimpses of Jesus. Even after his resurrection he is so very...human. I don't understand the mystery of our faith which we proclaim is 100% God and 100% human, but that is just the essence of faith. A mystery of wrestling with God and with each other in the assurance of things hoped for.
I'm sermonizing at my desk this afternoon and I especially like Jesus in the Luke 24 story. The first words he says to the disciples, as they are huddled in fear wondering could death be their fate, was "Peace be with you." How does Jesus do it? Even after death he brings grace. I love that guy for that reason. He doesn't chastise them for not being out on the street protesting, or not being at the worship praying, they are scared and all he says "Hey friends, I get it, Peace to you."
Secondly, the Luke story then has Jesus asking right away, "Have you anything to eat?" Oh I get this Jesus. I'm the one who asks at parties "What do you have to eat?" His friends then gave him broiled fish (I would have asked for a cheese platter, but alas, give Jesus some fish).
Peace. Food. Friends. The events right after the resurrection.
Resurrection is grace. Resurrection makes us hungry. Resurrection takes the community.