This is one of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances to the disciples. They are confused and afraid - they think Jesus is a ghost! Jesus patiently shows them proof that he is in fact real, and convinces them that he has been raised from the dead. He then sends them on a mission to proclaim the message of repentance and forgiveness.
"They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
The disciples had lots of questions and did lots of wondering about Jesus' resurrection. Could it really be him? They had seem him die a terrible death, and now here he was, standing there before them. Jesus patiently gave them different "proofs" of his alive, resurrected self. Many of us still have questions and still wonder about things we hear in church or read in the Bible. Just like Jesus was patient with the disciples, he is patient with us as we wonder and search for the truth.
Next Steps for Parents & Grandparents: The Disciples had A LOT of questions for Jesus when they saw him after the resurrection. Of course he had warned them all of this would happen - but hind sight is 20/20 right? Use this week to talk with your child about some of the questions and doubts YOU have in faith. Sharing your questions opens the door for your child to share their thoughts and questions too. Show them that we have a thinking faith - God welcomes our questions!