Go Ahead and Touch Him
"Why are you troubled?" Jesus says to the disciples in Luke's gospel when he appears to them after his resurrection. "Why do questions arise in your hearts? Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have."
Now if I were one of those guys, not only would I be troubled, but I can guarantee I wouldn't go near the hands and feet. I would be afraid that everything I told that Ouija board at a fourth grade slumber party was now starting to register there on "the other side."
But I do find huge relief in Jesus' reassurance that his resurrection is the real deal. This is not some Jesus-on-grilled cheese that got sold for a few thousand bucks on eBay. Jesus is real; the resurrection is real; therefore, his promises are real. That means we can trust him when he tells us that he will be with us until the end of age (Matt 28:20).