Why'd He Eat the Fish?

This is Hilary Chigro’s sermon from Sunday, April 19, 2015. The scripture is Luke 24:36b-48. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
36While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” 37They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. 38He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. 39Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” 40As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true. 41He asked, “Do you have any food here?” 42They gave him a piece of leftover fish they had cooked. 43He took it and ate it right before their eyes. 44 Then he said, “Everything I told you while I was with you comes to this: All the things written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets, and in the Psalms have to be fulfilled.” 45He went on to open their understanding of the Word of God, showing them how to read their Bibles this way. 46He said, “You can see now how it is written that the Messiah suffers, rises from the dead on the third day, 47and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations—starting from here, from Jerusalem! 48You’re the first to hear and see it. You’re the witnesses.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.