In the story of Easter, we observe that emotions are running wild! Jesus’ beloved disciples and friends are experiencing all kinds of feelings as they grieve over him. For example, in Luke 24:
- The women experience confusion at not finding Jesus (Luke 24:4).
- The women experience fear at the sight of the angels (24:5).
- The disciples experience doubt when first hearing of the empty tomb (24:11).
- Peter experiences hope and wondering (24:12).
- The two disciples walking to Emmaus are feeling downcast (24:17), then they recall feeling excited as they became more aware of Jesus with these beautiful words: “Were not our hearts burning within us?” (24:35).
Within this swirl of emotions, Jesus returns, resurrected, and speaks lovingly to them, no shame or blame. He begins with a blessing, “Peace be with you” (24:36). While the disciples continue to feel fear, he invites them to touch him — he even gently makes light of their worry that he’s come back as a ghost.
The longer the disciples are with Jesus, the more their feelings of fear, confusion, sadness and doubt turn to “joy and amazement” (24:41).