(KJV.) ST. LUKE 24:38-40
(38) And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
(39) 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.
(40) And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
PEACE BE UNTO YOU!
Brethren, when Jesus rose again from the dead, he appeared to his disciples, stood among them, said unto them, Peace be unto you: but they were terrified and affrighted, and thought they had seen a spiritual entity; Jesus, said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?: though Jesus taught his disciples lessons on faith during his ministry, assured them that anyone who will offend those who believes in him, he will deal with treacherously. (Matthew 18:6); his disciples were terrified, ran for their lives, hid themselves from public because of what they saw happened to him; this is a sign of a faith that is wavering, many times, regardless of how spiritual believers maybe, when going through difficulties, that is when our faiths are tested, that is when we have to exercise our faith to withstand our circumstances, not that believers are timid, at times, sufferings takes enormous spiritual strengths to persevere and overcome whatever maybe their predicaments, and during those trail moments, that is when the enemy brings temptations upon them to derail their faith in the righteousness of our Father; though Jesus told his disciples that he will be smitten but will rise up again and go before them to Galilee, (Matthew 26:31-32); his disciples were troubled with doubtful minds, whether he rose up again or not, believed not that he had risen from the dead like he told them: therefore their hearts were troubled, negative thoughts prevailed against their thought processes: beware!; whenever, we are in negatives situations, that is when we think negative thoughts about our predicaments, instead of trusting in Jesus Christ to strengthen our faith in his righteousness to overcome our negative situations: today, if there is any believer, whose heart is troubled, for any negative circumstance; listen to Jesus Christ, for he said, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."; (John 14:1); let us listen to his words carefully, cast our cares upon him, doubt him not, for he cares about what happens our souls, capable to deliver souls out of any predicament: if he laid down his life to redeem souls out of bondage of iniquities, offered salvation and eternity to those who believe in him; there are no weapons formed against believers, that will be able to prosper, and no tongue that will rise up in judgement against them, that they cannot condemned, this is their heritage; when Jesus rose up again from the death, believers who are downcasted rose up again with him, and have peace, joy and happiness everlasting; therefore, cheer up!
Since the disciples thought negatively, that the image of Jesus Christ stood among them as a spirit instead of his real crucified body; Jesus said unto them; "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."; humanity in due respect, many times, have doubtful minds, unless we see proves of things we have heard of, happening, we do not believe that they are actual facts; therefore, we watch negative news medias to satisfy our curiosities; though, the disciples witnessed Jesus called Lazarus out from the tomb, (John 11:43); yet, they doubted that he actually rose again from the dead; though, they were there when Jesus said to Martha, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: (John 11:25); they did not believe his words that he is the life resources in all things of heaven, earth and the entire universe; therefore, if Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and when they thought they had crucified him, they only crucified his flesh, his spiritual aspect never died but was alive; when they destroyed his flesh, the Holy Spirit regenerated his flesh back upon his spiritual body and he stood among them in the fleshly bodily suit again; however, to prove to believers that it was the same crucified body that stood among them, the marks on his wounded hands and feet were left opened to show to doubtful minds that it was himself who was crucified but rose up again from the tomb: when he showed them his wounded hands and feet, while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered if it was actually him, to prove himself further, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?; what else can Jesus do to prove himself to his own disciples, that he rose up again from the dead, than to eat meat with them; therefore, let us not be doubtful, but believe in him as Lord and Savior of the world; for Jesus said, "......blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."( John 20:29); therefore, believe in him!
Dearly beloved, today, Jesus is saying to humanity; "Peace be unto you!"; if we lack any peace of mind, let us come unto him, with all our labors and heavy laden, receive rest, peace and joy forever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) John 20:20: And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.