Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Apostles, disciples, and the women at the cross could hardly recognize Him when He was first raised from the dead.

Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and several other women went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared to anoint the body of Jesus.

MAR 14:50 all left Him and fled from Him when He was on the cross.

These two angels represent, one the justice of God, and the second one, the righteousness of God.

GEN 3:24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim, and the flaming sword which turned every direction, to guard the way to the tree of life.

They were stationed at the entrance of the garden of Eden so that mankind could not come back and eat of the tree of Life and live forever in his unregenerate state which had now become totally depraved.

In His love He prohibits mankind from making decisions that would cause his self-destruction.

Sometimes our prayers that are not answered and the prohibitions from God are for our own benefit.

If we compare the other Gospels to this event, we will find out that the women were terrified, but the angels said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!

We could justify it by saying that the women had been too emotional and filled with tears so that they couldn’t recognize Him.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?”

We could justify it by saying Mary’s eyes were too puffed up from tears and she couldn’t see straight.

Jesus said, “Mary!” Then she recognized Him because she recognized His voice.

JOH 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

We also have the account of doubting Thomas because he needed proof it was Jesus because he was a doubter.

Thomas was doubting that the one who was before him being TLJC because the Lord did not appear to look like what He did when

Thomas walked with our Lord.

The Lord Jesus Christ Jesus had to show Thomas and the rest of the apostles the wounds from His crucifixion in his side and in His hands.

Why did the disciples have trouble recognizing Jesus after He rose from the dead?

Many believers, both male and female, had been crying (JOH 20:11), and the tears in their eyes could have prevented them from recognizing Him.

MAR 16:12 And after that, He appeared in a different form to two of them, while they were walking along on their way to the country.

Anyone could rise from the dead (John 20:24-25) and that may have made it difficult for the disciples to believe they were really seeing Jesus again.

ISA 52:14  Just as many were astonished at you, {My people,} So His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

Just as His sufferings and humiliations were the greatest ever so will His glorification be the greatest ever.

PHI 2:9-11, Therefore also the God has highly exalted Him to the maximum, and bestowed on Him the name or rank which is above every name, that at the name or title of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, resulting in the glory of God the Father.

The rich man recognized Lazarus after he had died.

From that resurrection day, from that morning on…., that everybody seems to have trouble recognizing Him.

This took place on the first Easter morning, which of course should NOT be called Easter from the pagan goddess Ishtar, but should be called Resurrection Day.

Mary Magdalene witnessed most of the events surrounding the crucifixion while all the apostles, with the exception of John for a short time, ran away and forsook TLJC.

Here is a woman who walked and talked with our Lord for three years, and she was very close to Him, but…..did not recognize Him in His resurrection form.

She didn’t realize who He was until she heard His voice.

These two disciples were not part of Jesus’ inner circle, and they may not have been very familiar with Jesus’ face and voice.

In a Jewish household the one who breaks the bread and passes it is the host not a guest.

What did they see when He broke the bread? They saw the nail scarred hands!

They linked the recognition of Him to the breaking of the bread.

The word startled comes from the Greek word ptoeo which means to scare, to frighten, or to be terrified.

The word frightened is emphobos which means to be thrown into fear, terrified, in fear, to be alarmed, to be afraid, tremble.

1. His body retained the nail prints, ZEC 12:6.

2. We won’t have scars, but Jesus will. His body retained the scar of the wound in His side, JOH 20:25-27.

3. Our Lord’s body was also recognizable as a human body, Luke 24, JOH 20:26-29.

4. His body could also be touched, Luke 24:39-40. It had substance. MAT 28:9, JOH 20:17.

Luke 24:39-40“>LUK 24:39-40,  “See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”  [And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.]

MAT 28:9  And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him.

5. He carried on conversations so His body must have had some system of vocal cords and the use of air, Luk 24, JOH 20:26.

6. His voice was recognizable immediately, JOH 20:16.

7. His body had flesh and bones, Luke 24:39-40“>LUK 24:39-40.

8. On one occasion He ate, but He didn’t have to eat. He could eat or go without food, LUK 24:30,43.

9. Apparently its structure is different because Jesus walked through closed doors, JOH 20:19,26, LUK 24:36.

10. The resurrection body was able to appear and disappear, LUK 24:31.

LUK 24:31  And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.

11. The resurrection body could move vertically or horizontally, MAT 28:10, Acts 1:9-10.

12. Our resurrection body will be exactly like His, PHI 3:21, 1JO 3:2.

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