Disbelieving for Joy
Posted under The Rectory Bulletin
And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marvelling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” - Luke 24:41
There are many reasons why you cannot bring yourself to believe certain things. Sometimes it’s because you have no proof. If I could see it with my own eyes, you say to yourself, then I’d believe it. Show me!
At other times you have the proof in front of you, but it still doesn’t ring true. In fact, it’s too good to be true. Why would this happen to me? What have I done to deserve this? Whats the catch? How often have we picked up the phone to a salesman promising the earth, only to realise that this particular earth is hollow!
When Jesus appeared to his disciples, they ‘disbelieved for joy’. They couldn’t take in the evidence of their eyes, it was too good. They wondered if it was a ghost, or a vision. So Jesus asked for some food. Ghosts can’t eat food - it just falls through to the floor!!
At the heart of the Christian faith is grace. It is the offer of something we have not earned or deserved. Sins forgiven, reconciliation with God and the presence of the Holy Spirit. All achieved for us if we simply trust in Christ.
It may be too good, but don’t dismiss it as not true.