Friday, January 24

Enjoy the broiled fish

Scripture: Exodus 9-11, Luke 24

Luke 24:39–43 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” 40 As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. 

41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched.

Observation

As the two men from the road to Emmaus told the story of their encounter with the risen Jesus, suddenly, there He was, standing among them!  They were startled and frightened, thinking he was a ghost!  

Jesus was no ghost.  He had a body—a physical body.  “Look at my hands and feet.  Touch me,” He said.  There is a difference between a ghost (a disembodied spirit) and Jesus in a resurrected body.  

Then comes this humorous proof.  “Do you have anything to eat?”  They did—and gave Him a piece of broiled fish, which he ate.  Jesus was proving that He had a body, that He was no ghost, that He had been physically resurrected.

Application

Christianity is an embodied faith.  God came to earth in a human body, died and was raised in a human body.  Our faith embraces and celebrates our physicality—and the physical world we live in.  Heaven will not be a bunch of ghosts (spirits) floating around on clouds.  It will be us, in glorified physical bodies living on a new earth, remade and perfect.  

There is no divide between the spiritual and physical, the sacred and secular.  It all matters.  It is all under the Lordship of Jesus.  

So we take care of our bodies and our world.  We enjoy our broiled fish!  We eat, love, play and work in our physical world—and all of that is part of our worship of God.  Our physicality is as much part of who we are as our spirituality—it’s all part of our created humanness.

Prayer: Lord, thanks for a beautiful world, for our bodies with all its wonders, for sight and hearing and taste and smell, for movement.  Help us today to enjoy our broiled fish and live in our physical world to the glory of God.