While we refer to human beings’ five senses, this description can be deceiving—many of our senses are not so separate as it might suggest. Special parts of our cerebral cortex known as “association areas” integrate senses like sight, hearing, and touch, creating a single perception of the world. The function of these association areas means that our richest and most reliable perceptions result when we receive information from multiple senses.
In the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus appeared to His disciples following His resurrection they at first doubted their perceptions. Seeing His form and hearing His voice, they concluded that this must be a ghost.
To counter their doubts, Jesus appealed to another sense, inviting them to “touch me and see.” This offered the disciples a more reliable perception of this miracle. Significantly, the fact that Jesus had a body capable of being touched established that He was neither phantasm nor their imaginations but Himself in a resurrected body.
The demonstration of Jesus’ bodily resurrection continued with a detail that might be overlooked. As the disciples remained incredulous with the joy of seeing their Master alive again, He changed the subject, asking if they had anything to eat and proceeding to consume a piece of broiled fish in their presence (v. 41–43). Once more this showed that this Jesus who had appeared was not a mere specter but a human being with flesh and bones—as well as the desire and ability to eat food.
Jesus’ resurrection not only demonstrated God’s complete power over death but also provides the hope that one day we too might share in this triumph as we are united with Jesus “in a resurrection like his” (Rom. 6:5).</p.
Luke’s Gospel uses the words astonished, awed, and amazed to describe the disciples’ reaction when they encountered the resurrected Jesus (v. 41). Our busy lives leave little time for astonishment, awe, or amazement. Take time to reflect on God’s awesome work in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, and be amazed by God’s love for you.