Phantoms and Figments can’t Eat!

August 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Devotional thoughts, Theology | Leave a comment

            I’ve spent a lot of time in Acts recently.  My most recent Sunday morning class was a video overview of the book; I’m preaching through Acts; just a few weeks ago I read through it on my devotion reading schedule.  I’ve enjoyed it so much that I decided to read through it again while on my recent vacation.  Here’s one phrase that stood out to me though I hadn’t thought about it before.  When Jesus gave his apostles instructions to wait for the Spirit in Jerusalem, he was eating with them (1:4).  The book’s author, Luke, tells us this detail right after saying “he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.”  In the book of Luke, we’re told that, when the disciples did not believe he was alive, only a ghost or a phantom, Jesus asked them for something to eat.  Though none of the other gospel writers mention Jesus eating anything after the resurrection (John 21 may imply he did), Luke, the physician, mentions it twice.  In other words, one of the convincing proofs that Jesus was alive was his ability to eat solid food.  Phantoms and figments of imagination can’t do that.  The eleven were so convinced of Jesus’ resurrection that they were later willing to die for their testimonies to the fact.  They were certain Jesus was alive because they’d been with him, they’d seen him, and they’d even eaten with him.  Jesus is alive!

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