It is so good to meditate upon the Word of God, and I thank the Lord that we have the Bible so readily available. Here is a great passage of scripture from the Gospel of Luke!
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:36-47)
When the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and appeared to His disciples they were absolutely terrified, believing that they had seen a spirit [Ghost]. The followers of Jesus Christ were very troubled when they saw Him and the Lord knew that, and that is why he showed them His hands and His feet. This was the same Jesus Christ who was butchered upon the cross and now He was standing before them. Just a little while before they saw Him, they were a hopeless bunch, wondering what had happened, and in grief over the death of Jesus on the cross.
This was truly an awesome moment in time, as the disciples went from the dark pit of despair to absolute exhuberance. The Lord wanted to comfort their hearts and so he requested something to eat, and He ate the food before them. The Lord made a point of showing His followers that the very same person, and body, that went to the cross, was standing before them. Jesus told them that a ‘ …. spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have…’
Why is it important for us to grasp what Christ was saying? Because His absolute wonderful victory over death was done for us human beings. Jesus Christ went to that BLOODY cross to pay sin’s death penalty for us, and He rose again just as He said He would! There is great hope for the believers in Jesus Christ.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste DEATH for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the DEVIL; (Hebrews 2:14)
There are many cults and FALSE religious systems, who deny the deity of Jesus Christ, and they deny that He rose in a body of flesh and bones, but the scriptures tell us otherwise. The Lord Jesus Christ then told His disciples that it was necessary for Him to suffer the way He did, in order to fulfill the scriptures. The Lord mentioned the Law of Moses, the prophets and the Psalms and He was speaking about the Word of God. The Lord Jesus Christ then opened the understanding of His followers so that they would see that the scriptures indeed prophesied of the things which happened including His death on the cross. [Isaiah 53:1-12] Folks it is all about the BLOOD, the BLOOD, the BLOOD of Jesus Christ. The cross was a great VICTORY!
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his BLOOD, we shall be SAVED FROM WRATH through him. (Romans 5:8-9)
Folks, I do not care who you are. That BLOOD was shed for YOU too! There is enough POWER in the BLOOD of Jesus Christ to set you free from depression, oppression, and demon possession. Call upon the Lord because He is the one who WILL set you FREE! Folks listen to me here. Call upon the Lord while there is still time to do it, and He will shew you great mercy. Folks I am telling you that the Lord is willing to show you great mercy and loving kindness if you would turn to Him in sincerity and truth.
Folks the whole point in Jesus Christ coming to this earth was to save us from our sins. He went to that cross because of the SIN problem. There is no other way to be saved except through Jesus Christ. The Lord told His followers to begin preaching at Jerusalem and that is exactly what happened. The Gospel message has been preached for close to 2000 years now, and many have been saved over the centuries. Yes there have always been mockers, and scoffers, and atheists but that means nothing in the sight of God. Absolutely nothing. The invitation to salvation is still open to the whole world, no matter where a person may live. Jesus said this:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Those are the words of the creator of ALL things! [Isaiah 44:24, John 1:1-3] and He means what He says, and He says what He means!
What will YOU do with this person called Jesus Christ?
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16-18)
In the span of three verses the Lord Jesus Christ tells us that God’s love was so great toward mankind, that He gave His only Son, offering eternal life to the believers. The Lord made it clear that His mission was not to condemn the world but to SAVE the world. But the Lord did not mince words, nor did He sugarcoat the Gospel, because He went on to tell the people that those who did not believe were already condemned.
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)