April 30, 2019
JOHN 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
I’m old enough to remember when Lyndon hiked up his hospital gown showing the press his incision from gall bladder surgery. There was great consternation at the time. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Teddy’s oldest) said she was grateful he wasn’t circumcised. Be not afraid, I do not compare our Lord with Lyndon.
However, some think the President was sending a message to Moscow that there was nothing wrong enough with him for them to be excited or worried. I know, I know, cutting room floor. Hang on, go with me here. Jesus showed the disciples that he is not merely spirit. They could see his wounds (and touch them apparently).
Jesus clearly had essential continuity before and post resurrection. He has the scars to show for it. In fact he will the only resident of heaven without a perfect body. I think, people will line up to see them, the bolder touch them, just to remember what God has done for us in Christ Jesus.
In hope, in spite of the facts.