Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jesus' Second Resurrection Apperance!

This week we are examining the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus, as we seek to understand the power of the resurrection in our daily lives.  Yesterday, after the Peter, John and Mary Magdalene had seen the empty tomb, Mary hung around still not being sure of what happened to her Lord.  Then, two angels appeared to her. And finally, Jesus appeared to her and called her name, "Mary".  Mary immediately she believed and went and told the other disciples that she had "seen" the Lord.  Appearance #1

We are going to take these resurrection appearances in chronological order, beginning with the above story which happened Easter Sunday at night.

Appearance #2 The other women have departed the apostles and are on their way possibly back home. Jesus then appears to them (Mt 28:9) after he had dispatched Mary. He also sends them back to the apostles with the news that he had risen and that he would see them.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met
them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Jesus appears to the women again, possibly the ones who were not with Mary, when he called her by name.  This time he allowed the women to touch his feet.  Notice with Mary, he called her by name, and this time he allows the women to touch his physical body. Perhaps so they don't think he is a ghost or some "spirit being".  Since Jesus shows Thomas his scars in a later appearance, we know that his body had not yet been glorified.  

These days we hear so much about gender equality.  In the post-resurrection appearances, we see Jesus appearing to both the men and the women.  Jesus' ministry was counter- cultural, as shown by the inclusion of his women disciples in his re-appearances. Remember they were the first ones to see him risen from the dead, and to spread the Good News. 

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