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Luke 24:36-40, Why do Doubts Arise?

Key Verse

He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?’
— Luke 24:38

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, April 27, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

The disciples hadn’t unlocked the door.

They’d just been discussing how the tomb had been empty, and how Jesus had appeared to Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, and—Hey, is that Jesus standing there? Can’t be. It isn’t possible. It must be a ghost!

Jesus is gentle, but definitive. He shows them the wounds in his hands and his side and says “touch me and see.” I am real. I am risen.

After all, he has told them these things. That he would suffer, die, and rise again. Why do doubts arise in their hearts?

Why do doubts arise in ours? Why do we take suffering in the world as a sign that Jesus has abandoned us, instead of seeing Jesus’ wounded hands and side in the suffering of our neighbors?

Jesus, unlock the doors of our hearts and come among us, gently calling us to love and serve you in our neighbor.


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