“But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.” The disciples thought that Jesus’ death was a failure; how could he rescue them from Rome and establish his kingdom if he was dead? They slowly realized that Jesus’ kingdom was far bigger. By his death and resurrection, Jesus conquered not just Rome’s power, but sin and death itself. Something so amazing seemed like a fairy tale (v11) – too good to be true.
“Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have” (v39). Jesus’ resurrection conquered our worst enemy, death, and we share his victory.