Have you seen a “Wet Paint” sign with a daub of paint on it? That daub of paint gives the painter and the curious a place to touch and see if the paint is actually wet.
Jesus gave his disciples the same opportunity to touch and see that he had risen from the grave. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus eats a piece of fish in front of them demonstrating his resurrection.
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Luke 24:41-43 (NRSV)
Each Sunday we also get a small sample to touch and see, perhaps even taste God’s goodness. We touch one another shaking hands passing the peace of Christ, even greeting people we might avoid Monday through Saturday, demonstrating for a few seconds the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. Each Sunday I pour water into our baptismal font during the assurance of pardon as a visible reminder of our baptism and our cleansing from sin. Each Sunday I offer our children an object lesson, occasionally bringing a physical object for them to touch and see, to help them and those sitting in the pews recognize God with us. And when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we break bread together eating from one loaf of bread tasting God’s assurance of our unity in Christ.
How have you physically experienced God with us?