What would we do if we had the opportunity to meet the Resurrected Jesus face to face?
Some of us probably would be afraid, others might fall down on their knees, and even others might dance or embrace Him.
As the story goes, when Mary Magdalene recognized the resurrected Jesus, she embraced Him. As Jesus appeared to his disciples for the second time, Thomas, who had missed the resurrection, was asked by Jesus to touch Him. By touching Jesus, this was the only way Thomas believed that He was resurrected and alive.
It would have been nice if we could have kept Jesus here with us while we had Him resurrected. This is what Mary would have liked to have happen. But, His resurrection was not his promised return. The plan was to go to His father and then the Holy spirit would descend upon us, leaving it up to us to receive it.
Here is where our part as Christians becomes essential.
The fellowship with the Resurrected Jesus would continue, but it would be a spiritual communion, not a physical presence. Here is where the question “How do we touch our Jesus” comes to mind.
Are we really touching the Resurrected Jesus? Are we struggling with doubt?
If we have these and more questions and doubts, we must reach out and touch Him. If we have faith, even as small as a mustard seed, it is possible to touch Him and know Him and assure ourselves that He has risen.
According to Pastor Madison Hankal, if we lose our “grip” with Jesus, we must not get all stressed out. “He will never leave us, because through the Holy Spirit, our risen Lord will never abandon us to our grief, suffering and fear.
As we go through life’s trials and tribulations, may we meditate upon the reality of the Resurrection and find ways to be reminded that “our Risen Lord makes His presence known in our lives according to our needs, as well as in ways that challenge our notions of what it means to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” says pastor Madison.
During this Easter Season, it would be the perfect time to have our own encounter with our risen Lord. It may happen in our travels, as it happened to the disciples on the road to Emmaus. We never know when we are going to encounter and perceive the Lord standing before us. Whatever the occasion may be, let’s don’t be afraid to “touch the resurrected Jesus” during Easter and always.
As we prepare our hearts for an encounter with Jesus, it is always good to remember, study, learn, and try to put into practice the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There is also an opportunity to remember and reflect on the Last Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ. Music Director Craig Eller, along with the members of Louisburg United Methodist Church (LUMC), would like to invite you to come on Sunday, May 13, at 7 p.m. for one of these memory encounters that will get you started toward your trip to touch the resurrected Jesus.
After a few years’ hiatus, the presentation of the “Last Supper Tableau” returns to enhance our observance of Holy Week.
Working from Da Vinci’s famous representation of our Lord’s last supper, the 12 disciples and Mary Magdalene will share their thoughts upon hearing Jesus announce that one among them will betray Him. This presentation will take place in the fellowship Hall of LUMC.
Every one is invited!