The Clincher=Eating Fish

“See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” Luke 24:39 

Coty Pinckney comments:

His hands and feet are pierced. He has flesh and bones. He has a real physical body. He then eats fish.

This is no ghost. This is not simply a bodiless spirit. This is the risen body of Jesus Himself. He is changed. But He is physical.

So Cleopas and the disciples get the evidence they want: They see Jesus! He is risen indeed! They believe the resurrection.

They now have four pieces of evidence:

  • The storyline of Scripture
  • The specific statements of Jesus predicting His death and resurreciton
  • The empty tomb
  • Seeing Jesus Himself

The last is the clincher. In their moment of despair, Jesus appears. He eats with them. They believe.

What about us? We don’t see Jesus with our eyes. Our situation is like that of Cleopas before He recognizes Jesus. We have these pieces of evidence:

  • The storyline of Scripture
  • The specific promises of Scripture that apply to our particular situation
  • Evidence in the world around us of God’s hand at work

And we wait for Jesus to come again physically, suddenly, and bodily, with power and great glory. That may happen soon. At that moment, we will see the risen Lord with our eyes.