Should you watch out for trucks?

Luke 24:36-53

38 “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? 39 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” 40 As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched.           Luke 24:38-43 (NLT)

Years ago I listened to a preacher whose main point in his sermon was: Trust God and Watch out for Trucks.

After laughing out loud I began thinking about what he said.  My takeaway was: You love Jesus and trust Him, but you still have to go to work, eat, sleep, study; gravity is still in effect; the sun will rise in the East; it will get dark tonight, you need to stop at red lights . . . in other words, our faith in Jesus does not keep us from having to deal with everyday stuff!

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, and as word was getting around rather rapidly that Jesus is alive, I’m sure the questions popped into the disciples’ minds (at least it does in mine): What does He look like? Did you talk to Him?  Was He able to speak?  Did He look like a ghost or an angel?

That’s why I love this line from Jesus, “Do you have anything to eat?”

Jesus spoke to the disciples, showed them his hands and feet and they stood there (as you and I would have too) with mouths wide open still not able to believe what they were witnessing.

That’s when Jesus said, “Do you have anything to eat?”

My version is, “Watch out for trucks,” which means, I’m real, I’m hungry, my stomach is growling, the tomb was empty (no food), do you have anything I can eat?”

After giving Jesus a piece of broiled fish, notice what the disciple did – “they watched.”  Isn’t that classic doubt – they had to watch Jesus eat the fish.  He REALLY ate it!  Jesus is real – he ate the fish.  It is as if their new method of witnessing would go something like this:

“How do you know Jesus is real and that He rose from the dead,” a skeptic asks.

“He ate the fish,” the disciples would quickly respond with a grin.

He’s real.  Jesus is alive.  Believe it (and Him) and . . . watch out for trucks!

Jon Moody

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