Christian: I am stirred to comment on the extraordinary events surrounding Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus taught a seven mile long Bible study with two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus and they did not recognize Him. Only when He blessed the supper and in the breaking of the bread did they suddenly recognize Him. Why then? I surmise that they saw the nail prints in His wrists. Oh its You!
Then again why did everyone have a hard time recognizing Him? Everyone close to Him did not recognize Him afterwards. There are prophecies that speak of His visage marred more than any man. Another speaks of His beard ripped out. Imagine that alone. Jesus was tortured horribly.
Could it be that Jesus still bears the scars of His sufferings? A clue to that is a verse in Revelations that speaks of a Lamb as if it was slain.
I remember Charles Wesley words ‘five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary…forgive him, O forgive they cry, don’t let that ransomed sinner die”.
I think there may be more than five scar wounds that He still bears.
“No one recognized Him because He still bears the scars of His suffering for us” is a thought that has gripped my heart recently. Oh that I may know Him.
Gary: If you are correct that Jesus’ glorified, heavenly body retained the scars of his earthly life and death—and Paul was correct that believers will be raised in the same manner as Christ—what does that say for Christian soldiers blown to bits in battle or those Christians whose bodies have been severely mangled in auto accidents? Will they too spend eternity with scarred and disfigured “heavenly” bodies? Sounds awful. The streets of heaven will be a non-stop horror show.
I will bet that there is another reason why the earliest accounts of Jesus sightings involve his followers not recognizing him. The original “sightings” of Jesus involved illusions (shadows, bright lights, or other natural phenomena which the followers of Jesus mistook as appearances of their back-from-the-dead leader). In other words, the original Jesus sightings involved ghost sightings. Only in later Gospels did the authors attempt to “flesh out” these ghosts, giving Jesus the ability to be touched and to eat broiled fish.
These stories are clearly works of apologetics which evolved over time. These are NOT historically reliable accounts. No rational person should base his or her entire life and worldview on fantastical tall tales taken from historically unreliable ancient texts.
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