The Risen Christ was the punch line of God’s Great Surprise.
The resurrection of Jesus is the greatest surprise in the history of humanity.
Until then, once people died and were buried, they stayed put.
There is no doubt in my mind that these disciples were happy people when they encountered the Risen Christ.
They must have been laughing and carrying on.
There must have been high-fivin’ and back-slappin’.
They knew the joke was on them, because they hadn’t believed what they had been told.
And now the joke is on all those who refuse to believe.
Jesus must have been grinning from ear to ear! – grabbing his friends by the neck, hugging and rustling hair.