40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
Why did Jesus want to eat before the disciples? The main reason is to prove that he was not a ghost – being intangible makes digestion problematic! I wonder if there’s something else here about Jesus wanting relationship with us, eating together is a tangible sign of relationship and trust, and acceptance, equality even. But this isn’t what intrigues me when I read these verses, that’s the opening verse. We think about our resurrection bodies as being made new, put right, and yet Jesus’ resurrection body still carries the wounds of the Cross. Why is this? It’s partly to do with proving who he is, but I can’t help but wonder if this also reveals something about the nature of suffering. Whilst suffering might arise from living in a broken world, how we respond to suffering proves our character, our discipleship, our relationship with God and our love. If that is the case, why should we be ashamed of the marks of struggles endured in faith? The Cross was not a defeat but a victory.
May our scars speak of you Jesus.