Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
Luke 24: 36-39
The disciples were a wreck.
These guys were reeling from guilt….
For leaving Jesus in His ULTIMATE time of need…
For sleeping while Jesus was sweating blood…
For so many things.
On top of that, they were devastated with the death of their Friend.
Upon hearing the news trickle in about Jesus being spotted, ALIVE, they obviously had their doubts.
This band of brothers had one thing in common now….
They each had a broken heart.
Jesus loves them so very much, these men who abandoned Him, that He invites them to just…
To trace His scars with their fingers…
To remember that He is the same Jesus who probably sang campfire songs with them after a good meal, and laughed at all of the inside jokes I’m sure that they had. 😊
Sometimes we need to be invited to “touch” Jesus…
To remember who He was during the sun,
So that we remember who He is in the dark.
Jesus told His disciples to handle Him…
“Touch these wounds of mine. Put your hand in that cavity in my side where I was speared.”
“Let me PROVE who I am to you!!”
He gently relieved their doubts.
And when they departed from His presence, they were strengthened.
I’ve had my moments, this past year, of “handling” Jesus.
You see, I couldn’t understand why I had to go from challenge to challenge,
From trauma to trauma, for such a long time.
And this last tragedy was and is JUST AWFUL.
I thought I knew what it was like to live with a broken heart before this.
But I had NO IDEA of the amount of pain a person could live with.
That I could actually SURVIVE under the weight of this…
Was just insane!
I had QUESTIONS.
I had DOUBTS.
But this verse encouraged me to KEEP TALKING TO HIM.
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When you stop talking to Jesus,
Especially when you are in your darkest moments,
You can quickly create a chasm between you and God.
A GREAT DIVIDE.
And I knew enough to know I had to keep my line of communication open with Him.
I was invited to HANDLE Jesus.
And handle Him, I did.
In fact, I might have “man-handled” God, just a little bit. 😊
But I searched His scars…
I hunted to find the trail of His tears...
I “GROPED” at God, feeling for all the wounds of my Savior.
Because His wounds comfort me in the midst of MY wounds.
I understood in no uncertain terms that if Jesus experienced incomparable pain in His life,
I’d better be ready to experience great heartbreak, too.
If you have questions for God,
If you can’t see His goodness in the middle of your pain,
Remember that He is a God who wants to invite you IN!
Jesus is holy, but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t get what it’s like to be human.
He cried to His Father to release Him from what He ultimately came to do, so He understands.
He wants to take you on a journey that leads you to a place of NOT needing answers to your questions…
A place where there are no doubts.
Jesus is asking ALL of us to lay our hands on Him.
To HANDLE Him…
To come away…