Why Didn T Mary Recognize Jesus

Why Didn’t Mary Recognize the Resurrected Jesus?

Skeptics occasionally call into question the eyewitness narratives of the Resurrection in the Gospels, particularly when it comes to the first observations of the raised Christ. Mary does not instantly identify Jesus when he appears in the garden, according to John’s account of the Resurrection. In fact, she first mistook Him for the gardener when they first meet (John 20:1-16). What may have happened to cause this? Do the assertions of conspiracy theorists seem to be supported by this verse of Scripture?

Was it a hoax perpetrated by someone impersonating Jesus?

A more in-depth investigation of the biblical texts may yield some useful insights.

It’s possible that my son Jimmy may tell you that I’m youthful and that my other son, David, would tell you that I’m old and have grey hair.

  • However, despite my relative youth (no laughing), I do have some grey hair.
  • I’ve had a lot of experience with eyewitnesses, and the Gospel accounts contain precisely what I’d anticipate from four eyewitness testimony; each describing the tale in a little different way, and each drawing on the innate preconceptions, life experiences, and skills of each witness.
  • When people work together to fabricate a story about an incident, they tend to tell the same story.
  • They are always variable to some extent.
  • Let’s start with the tales of Mary’s first encounter with Jesus, and work our way down the list: John20:1-16 When Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb early on the first day of the week, it was still dark, and she noticed that the stone had been lifted from the entrance of the tomb.
  • Both disciples were sprinting, but the other disciple outran Peter and made it to the tomb before him.
  • After that, Simon Peter, who had been following him, came and entered the tomb.

The cloth was folded up separately from the linen, so that it could be seen.

He saw and believed what he was seeing.

With tears streaming down her cheeks, Mary stooped forward to see inside the tomb, where she was greeted by two angels dressed in white, sat where Jesus’ corpse had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

“They have stolen my Lord away,” she lamented, adding, “and I have no idea where they have hidden him.” At this point, she looked around and saw Jesus standing there, but she didn’t understand that it was Jesus until later on.

“Can you tell me who you’re searching for?” “Sir, if you have taken him away, please tell me where you have put him, and I will come and fetch him,” she said, mistaking him for the gardener.

In Aramaic, she called out, “Rabboni!” as she turned to face him (which means Teacher).

They were on their way to the tomb when they asked each other, “Who will move the stone aside from the entrance of the tomb?” It was very early on the first day of the week, just after daybreak, and they were on their way to the tomb.

After entering the tomb, they were startled when they noticed a young guy clothed in white robes seated on the right side of the entrance.

The crucified Jesus of Nazareth is the one you are seeking for.” He has resurrected from the dead!

Look at the location where they buried him.

Upon entering, they discovered that the stone had been removed from the tomb but that they had not discovered the body of Jesus Christ.

When the ladies became terrified, they dropped their heads to the ground and cried out to the men, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” He is not present; he has ascended into the heavens!

The women emerged from the grave, trembling and befuddled, and made their way away.

Mary Magdalene was the first person to see Jesus when he rose from the dead on the first day of the week.

She went and told others who had been with him and were in sadness and tears that he had died.

Matthew 28:1–10 is a Bible verse that teaches about forgiveness.

An earthquake occurred when an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and, upon reaching the tomb, threw aside the stone and sat on it, causing a severe earthquake.

The guards were so terrified of him that they began to tremble and trembled like dead men.

He is not present; he has ascended to the heavens, exactly as he stated.

Then go as swiftly as you can and inform his followers that he has risen from the grave and is on his way to Galilee.

Suddenly, Jesus appeared in front of them.

They walked up to him, clutched his feet, and prostrated themselves before him.

Tell my brothers to travel to Galilee, where they will be able to meet me.

It was in this darkness that they first saw Jesus.

They did not believe it was feasible that the person standing behind them might be Jesus at the time.


The way they are thinking as Jesus approaches is as follows.

This is obvious from the report we have, and her tears had a noticeable impact on her ability to see well.

It is more likely that she would have expected to see a gardener in this environment rather than Jesus.

It is clear that she turned away from Him very soon and that she continued to turn away from Him for the most of the contact and discussion, as the Scriptures teach us she does when He mentions her name.

Each writer describes the incident without regard for the possibility of seeming disagreement.

Mary was standing in the middle of the garden.

As a result of the earthquake, she was afraid and befuddled.

In my opinion, it is, and as a believer, this is absolutely not something that I am concerned about.

Each writer describes the event without regard for obvious inconsistencies in their accounts.

Once we’ve done that, it’s not difficult to understand why Mary didn’t identify the resurrected Jesus at first glance.

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Why Did Mary Not Recognize Jesus after His Resurrection?

After a long day at work, I walked out of my office, eager to get home to my family. The autumn season brought earlier sunsets, and it was already dark outside by the time the sun had set. A lone figure stood between me and my car, staring at me. At first, I believed this man was merely a person on his way to another building, but I observed he didn’t move. The brim of his hat hid his face owing to the overhead parking lot lights. Fear grabbed me. I gave a wide room around him as I proceeded to my truck.

  1. Why doesn’t this man move out of my way?
  2. After my out-of-the-way walk around, the man’s voice called, “Aren’t you going to welcome me home?” The stranger was my husband who returned from a military deployment without my knowledge.
  3. Relief flooded my heart as I ran into his arms.
  4. He showed up at my place of employment at closing time with thoughts of surprising me.
  5. When Mary Magdalene went to the garden tomb, she received a surprise too.

1. Recognition Comes Through Expectation

The same way that I came across someone I wasn’t searching for, Mary Magdalene did as well. She had not expected to come face to face with a live Christ. She was on the lookout for a deceased individual. She went to a cemetery in order to anoint a deceased person. Mary and the other women who came to the tomb had heard Jesus foretell about His death and resurrection, and they were eager to see it for themselves. Just like the disciples, who had heard Jesus say this over and over again, they didn’t understand what he was saying.

When he was still with you in Galilee, he informed you, “The Son of Man must be thrown into the hands of sinners, crucified, and on the third day be risen again.” (Luke 24:6-7, New International Version) When Mary saw that the tomb was empty, she became alarmed and rushed to Peter and John to inform them that the corpse had gone away.

It is possible to give John credit for believing (John 20:8), however the Bible states in verse 9 that “they still did not comprehend from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the grave.” All individuals engaged were still connecting to the horrifying circumstance of the crucifixion through their natural senses, rather than through spiritual awareness into what was going on.

Mary was governed by her thoughts. She was unable to achieve spiritual enlightenment. God is spirit, and those who worship him must do it in the Spirit and in the truth of who they are. (See also John 4:24)

2. Recognition Can Be Blocked Due to Our Pre-Conceived Ideas

My dread of being recognized kept me from recognizing my husband. I couldn’t accept the fact that he was the guy in the parking lot as long as I was under the impression he was still abroad on a military mission. When Jesus appeared to Mary, she beheld a resurrected body, not the same man she had previously recognized as the Son of God. She could still see in her mind’s eye the beaten, whipped, and bloodied flesh of the victim who had died on the cross. She stood by and saw Him die. She witnessed Him being buried (Mark 15:45;Luke 23:55).

  1. When the dead corpse of Jesus was lowered from the crucifixion and wrapped in linen by Joseph of Arimathea, she wept bitterly.
  2. Among those who gathered around Jesus’ crucifixion were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and the apostle Mary Magdalene.
  3. She had to believe that Jesus was still alive before she could identify Him.
  4. The two disciples who accompanied Jesus on the road to Emmaus were completely unaware of who Jesus was until He revealed Himself to them via Scripture (Luke 24:32).
  5. In addition, Thomas needed to see and touch Jesus in person before he could accept that the One he had been following for three years was still alive (John 20:28).

3. Recognition Comes Through Personal Encounter

Mary returned to the tomb after her visit with Peter and John, as recorded in John 20:11, where she is described as standing outside the tomb and weeping (NASB). A man approached her and inquired as to why she was crying. She had yet to recognize this individual and assumed he was the gardener at the time. However, when the resurrected Christ addressed Mary by her given name, she recognized Him right away. She was filled with happiness that she clung to Him for dear life. And the two disciples on the road to Emmaus had their eyes opened by a personal experience based on prophesies that Jesus had given with them.

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It is my voice that attracts the attention of my sheep; I recognize them and they follow me.

When he goes out to herd his own sheep, he calls them by their names.

Her mind was blown up by the discovery.

When I was walking across the parking lot toward my car, the figure I saw was a complete stranger to me until I heard the voice that I had become accustomed to over the years. Mary was given a mission by the Lord. Tell His disciples that she has seen Him, and they will believe her.

4. Recognition is a Continual Process

When Jesus shouted Mary’s name, her eyes were opened and she recognized him. But she still had a lot to learn about how deeply He cared for her and the rest of His followers. They had to come to the realization that His mission was not over. Her presence in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost isn’t specifically recorded, but her commitment to the Lord would lead us to believe that she was among the ladies who joined the eleven disciples and other followers in the celebration of their Lord’s resurrection.

(Read Acts 1:14) It is necessary for us to seek God in prayer and study His Word in order to understand who God is in every part of our life, just as these disciples did.

Despite His miracles, their hearts remained hardened because they had a different purpose in mind than the one He had come to perform, which they had rejected (Acts 1:6).

5. Recognition Sets Us Free

It is possible to be sensitive to God in certain areas while becoming hardened by external distractions and misrepresentations in other others. When we relinquish sovereignty to the Holy Spirit, the truth of His Word has the ability to strip away the power of our emotions. To identify Jesus in our everyday lives, we must look beyond the physical and seek for the spiritual aspects of his persona. Instead of focusing on a condition that is no longer viable, we should consider the revival of hope.

  1. When we refuse to allow our imaginations to place restrictions on His ability, we might witness fresh life emerge from the tomb of despair.
  2. (See also Romans 8:11) The more we hold to Him on a daily basis, the more we are able to live in the pleasure of the resurrection.
  3. Tell everyone you know that He has risen from the dead.
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Why Did Mary Not Recognize Jesus After His Resurrection?

It is in the public domain. Many of Jesus’ disciples, including Mary Magdalene, were unable to recognize Him after His death and resurrection. Three episodes are mentioned in the Gospels. John 20 has a mention of one of these narratives, in which Mary encounters Jesus after His resurrection in the garden. Woman, what is the cause of your tears?'” John 20:15 adds, “Jesus asked to her, ‘Why are you weeping?'” ‘Who is it that you are looking for?’ Pretending that he was the gardener, she addressed him as “Sir, if you have carried Him away, please tell me where you have laid him, and I will come and remove Him from there.” ‘Mary,’ Jesus addressed her by name.

  1. Another version is found in Luke 24:13-25.
  2. We know that their names were not mentioned in the Bible, and that they were not included in the original eleven.
  3. “However, their eyes were deceived into not recognizing him.” When they were walking behind Jesus on the road and explaining the scriptures, it appears that God prevented them from recognizing Jesus.
  4. Third, in John 21, Jesus speaks to seven disciples who had been fishing all night and had caught nothing; when it was morning and they were still on the sea, Jesus talked to them from the beach about their fishing excursion.
  5. When John saw the guy, he immediately recognized him as Jesus.
  6. As far as the Bible is concerned, this is an incident when Jesus may have been too far away to recognize at the time of the encounter.
  7. While we are not informed specifically why the disciples were unable to recognize the resurrected Jesus, we can draw certain implications from the passage.

One reason is that the women arrived at the tomb at a time when it was really early in the morning.

Another possibility is that the ladies were not seeking for a resurrected guy in the first place.

Despite the fact that Jesus had been attempting to communicate with them during His whole mission, they were unable to comprehend that the guy standing behind them might possibly be Jesus himself.

Given the fact that she was in a garden, this isn’t an unexpected notion.

It is probable that Mary’s capacity to perceive the Risen Lord was clouded by her grief and weeping, making it difficult for her to recognize Him.

She was in a state of shock.

Mary had a very intimate relationship with Jesus, and she walked with Him even through the trenches of the Crucifixion.

She was someone who believed in Jesus and helped him spiritually.

While this makes sense in the context of Mary’s experience, it does not provide an explanation for what occurred on the Emmaus Road.

While we might read this passage and wonder why Jesus felt the need to conceal his actual identity from His disciples, the Bible does not provide us with a solution to this particular question.

It is impossible for us to conjecture, and as Christians, we are commanded not to speculate beyond what scripture reveals to us in its whole.

When it comes to the resurrection, many people believe that Jesus’ tale has come to an end at that point.

The work of Jesus does not come to a stop with his resurrection.

Jesus issued His last instructions just before He was risen from the dead.

This is something that we can utilize now as well.

He also invites us to be on the lookout for the power of the Holy Spirit and to go out and make disciples, baptize them, and instruct them.

There is nothing we can know about God other than what He chooses to disclose to us via His chosen channels of communication.

We often look at the disciples and assume that because they were such committed followers, they would be able to comprehend the resurrection in its fullest sense.

Because we know the disciples didn’t have all of the answers, we may take some comfort in the fact that we may not have all of the answers ourselves.

This is one of the most lovely aspects of our faith. It is the Bible that takes center stage when our beliefs about Jesus are faced with the reality of the Resurrected Jesus. It provides as a foundation for us to understand who Jesus is at his core.

Why didn’t Mary Magdalen and the apostles recognize Jesus after the Resurrection?

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It is not clear why Mary Magdalene and the apostles had difficulty identifying Jesus when the Lord came to them after the Resurrection. Do you think we’ll have problems recognizing our loved ones once we’ve been raised from the dead?


Only Luke and John’s gospels describe anybody having difficulties identifying Jesus after he had risen from the grave, but the other three stories do not. On the day of the Resurrection, Luke (24:13-35) tells the story of two disciples who were on their way to the hamlet of Emmaus when Jesus rose from the dead. It wasn’t a question of people not being able to recognize Jesus because his look had changed in any way. They were restrained from recognizing him, according to the Bible, until he revealed how the Old Testament predictions concerning the Messiah had been fulfilled by him.

  • Although the boat is said to be at least 100 yards off the coast, it’s hardly unexpected that they didn’t identify him right away.
  • Perhaps he was also a considerable distance away in this situation.
  • Because she was in mourning, she may not have looked Jesus in the eyes until he spoke her name, and her eyes were filled with tears in any case (20:13).
  • According to the Bible, just as Thomas was able to identify Jesus’ corpse (Jn 20:24-29) and the rich man had no problem identifying Lazarus and Abraham even though they were not present (Lk 16:20-24), we will have no issue recognizing our loved ones–provided that we wind up in the same area.
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Why didn’t the disciples always recognize Jesus after His resurrection?

QuestionAnswer After Jesus’ resurrection, the Bible does not explain why some of Christ’s followers did not immediately identify Him as the Messiah. As a result, some of the information provided here is speculative. Keeping this in mind, there are a couple of factors that might have played a role in the disciples’ failure to recognize Jesus when He first came to them following His resurrection. First and foremost, even though Jesus had foretold that He would rise from the dead on the third day, the disciples did not completely comprehend (Mark 9:32), since they were plainly not waiting for Him to be raised from the dead.

  1. When Mary Magdalene arrived to the tomb early in the morning, she was one of the few people who did not identify Jesus as the Messiah (John 20:15).
  2. One thing to keep in mind is that we don’t know how far away Mary was from Jesus at the time she mistook Him for someone else.
  3. It’s also important to keep in mind that, given that it was very early in the morning, the light would not have been particularly brilliant, making it more difficult for her to see Him properly.
  4. A second case in which Jesus was not instantly recognized occurred while the disciples were out fishing and did not identify Him as they had expected (John 21:4).
  5. Lastly, in Luke 24:13-35, Jesus tells the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who did not recognize Him until He broke bread with them.
  6. In this particular incident, it appears that they were kept from recognizing Jesus by supernatural means.
  7. Why would Jesus have done anything like this?
  8. The possibility exists that Jesus “veiled” His identity in order for the two disciples to thoroughly consider what Jesus was saying, rather than just embracing the message without question, as they would have done if they had realized it was Jesus.
  9. In addition, there was the opportunity to observe the extraordinary transformation that occurred in the lives of the disciples.
  10. Furthermore, they all finally devoted their lives for the sake of the faith.

Only the presence of the risen Jesus Christ can explain for such a searing shift in perspective. Questions regarding Jesus Christ (return to top of page) Is there a reason why the disciples didn’t always identify Jesus upon His resurrection?

Why didn’t people always recognize the resurrected Jesus?

Many people have been puzzled by the fact that Jesus’ followers did not always identify Him immediately after His resurrection. Three similar occurrences are recorded in the Gospels. According to John 20:15, Mary Magdalene was crying outside Jesus’ empty tomb when Jesus approached her and inquired what was wrong. His appearance led her to believe he was the gardener, and she inquired as to where the corpse had been transported. When he addressed her by name, Mary immediately recognized him as Jesus (John 20:16).

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There is some confusion in the narrative, save for the fact that Jesus had inquired as to why she was sobbing and that Mary recognized His voice when He addressed her by name.

Their names are not specified, but they were not included in the original group of eleven (Luke 24:33).

Their eyes, on the other hand, were prevented from recognizing him.” In this particular instance, it appears that God prevented the men from recognizing Jesus as they walked with Him along the road and listened to Him explain the Scriptures.

We can only speculate as to why God would choose to veil the men’s eyes for a period of time – perhaps so that they could fully consider what Jesus was teaching them about the Scriptures – but it is clear that it was God’s intention for Jesus not to be recognized for a period of time in this specific instance.

  1. During the first light of day, while they were still out on the sea, Jesus called out to them from the beach, inquiring about their fishing excursion.
  2. When they did, they caught a total of 153 fish.
  3. Although the text is ambiguous on the subject, it is possible that Jesus was initially too far away to recognize at the time in question.
  4. It was at this time that Jesus explained how the Old Testament predictions regarding a Messiah had been fulfilled in His own life, something the men found difficult to believe at the time.
  5. Their evidence corroborated the claims of Peter and the women who had seen Jesus at the tomb, and Jesus came to the disciples later that evening in the upper room.
  6. Such tales aid in the discrediting of alternative ideas that aim to cast doubt on the existence of the resurrection.
  7. In addition, many of Jesus’ disciples served Christ and died as a result of their conviction that Jesus is still alive.
  8. What is it about the actuality of Jesus’ physical resurrection that is so important to the Christian faith?

What is the reason for the difference? Do the stories of the resurrection in the gospels conflict with one another? What is the significance of the ascension of Jesus Christ? Return to the page: The Truth About Jesus Christ.

Why Didn’t the Disciples Recognize Jesus after His Resurrection?

We recently received a gift from a very close family friend, whose house we visit many times a week, in the form of an old church directory that featured photographs of all of the families that attended the church 15 years ago. As she flipped through the photos, marveling at how much each of the children had grown over the years, she came upon a family she had never seen before. The family’s identity was revealed when she questioned as to who they were. It turned out to be my family! The people in the dated photograph were not instantly recognized as her familiar acquaintances, even though she sees me and my children many times a week.

Recognition may be elusive to someone as a result of the natural physical changes brought about by the passage of time, or it may be impossible to recognize someone because they have significantly transformed their look in such way that it is impossible to tell who they are anymore.

Jesus Appears on the Road to Emmaus

When we fail to identify someone, it might reveal more about ourselves than it does about the person. If we consider Jesus and the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we must question, “What was the cause for these two men not instantly recognizing Jesus as the one they were traveling with?” They would almost certainly have been in Jesus’ company on a regular basis, and they would almost certainly have observed his miracles and teaching from a close-up and personal perspective, despite the fact that neither of these two men was one of the original twelve disciples.

  1. In chapter 24, Luke tells us that two disciples were on their way to a place named Emmaus “that very day” (Luke 24:13).
  2. Using the phrase “that same day,” Luke seems to be emphasizing the fact that these two men were going away with regret and sadness on the exact day that the skies were celebrating the Resurrection.
  3. Instead of experiencing intense ecstasy, many guys feel dissatisfied and put down.
  4. The Emmaus Road would be a hive of activity if we were reading this for the first time and were completely unaware of what was about to take place.
  5. Will they prostrate themselves and worship?
  6. Will they look at you as if you’ve lost your mind?
  7. Luke tells us that “their eyes were blocked from recognizing Him” as a result of the encounter (Luke 24:16).

To the disciples, Jesus looks to be just another random traveler returning to his house, seemingly unconscious of the earth-shattering events that had occurred on that same day, events that would change the course of history forever.

Jesus Appears in the Garden and on the Shoreline

Despite the fact that this isn’t the first instance in the New Testament in which disciples failed to identify the resurrected Jesus right away, it appears to be the only one that necessitates the use of supernatural explanations. According to the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene was weeping at the tomb of Jesus when he came and asked her what she was crying for (John 20:15). The Bible then makes this strange remark, which has far more meaning than our current platform enables us to investigate, in which we are told that Mary thought Jesus was the “gardener” and assumed that he was capable of moving the body of Jesus, which we will explore in greater depth later.

Seven of the disciples went on a fishing excursion, and after fishing all night and catching nothing, John chronicles their experience for us in his gospel (John 21).

They followed Jesus’ instructions without realizing he was the one who talked to them, and they caught a total of 153 big fish in one net.

What Is the Difference?

There are two of these stories that might be described in very rational terms. It’s possible that Mary’s vision was impaired by her grief and anguish, and that the fisherman was too far from shore to notice the guy who approached them. However, when it comes to the Emmaus Road experience, there are no such explanations. Because they were prohibited from recognizing Jesus, it is apparent that these two disciples did not know who he was at the time. The Bible does not give an explanation for why it was important for Jesus to conceal his actual identity from these two disciples, even if we who have read this narrative are left wondering.

In Luke 24:18, one of the travelers is identified as “Cleopas,” a name that appears to be referenced in John 19:25 when the Bible says, “But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife ofClopasand Mary Magdalene,” despite the fact that the spelling is different.

It is unclear why their eyes would have been hindered from recognizing their buddy who had overcome death, but it might lead to the possibility that Jesus may have taken advantage of their searing, blinding grief in order to prepare the way for his forthcoming revelation.

The Bible does not provide a reason for why their eyes were shielded from seeing Jesus at first, and we must be careful not to invent a justification that is based on our own reasoning rather than scriptural proof.

What Does This Mean?

Similarly to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus travels with us and shows himself to us in a variety of ways and to varying degrees from day to day. Nothing I can know about my God other for what He chooses to disclose about Himself in His time. Unless we are looking at God and His ways through the lens of Scripture, we will not advance in our understanding of Him or His methods. Rather than wasting our circumstances, challenges, or sadness, he reaches near to us in our moments of darkest despair, and in his own time, he peels away the cataracts that obscure our eyesight so that we may come to know him and the power of rebirth.

  • Regardless of what keeps us from seeing Christ as we should, may we all come to know Jesus as a friend who walks with us through our grief and disappointment, and may our hearts burn as much as the disciples’ did when Jesus exposes himself to us each day via his Word.
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Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene (20:11-18) – IVP New Testament Commentary Series

When Mary returns to the grave, John doesn’t go into detail about it; he just carries up the tale where she left off. The emphasis is on the word “hercry” (vv. 11, 13, 15). Throughout her anguish, she expresses her deep affection for another person. Despite the fact that she perceives herself to be alone, “like other sorrowful followers since” (H. C. G. Moule 1898:48), she really has angels in front of her and the Lord behind her. It is the angels that she sees when she bends down to gaze into the grave.

  1. Many of the most momentous moments in the history of redemption are marked by the appearance of such divine messengers.
  2. In the Bible, it is common for the human who comes into contact with an angel to be terrified.
  3. Even more disturbing, there is no sign that she even realizes that they are angels, which is most likely owing to the intensity of her grief.
  4. 13).
  5. Mk 16:6-7 par.
  6. The angels do not flood her with good news in the midst of her anguish, but rather they ask the inquiry that may lead to the healing word.
  7. 13) demonstrates that she is completely preoccupied with the idea that Jesus’ corpse has gone missing.

She appears to be implying that Joseph of Arimathea had his workmen transport Jesus to a more permanent location when she says she doesn’t know where they’ve buried him or something (H.


However, the angels are cut short as the Lord himself appears and announces the good news to her and her companions.


Alternatively, as Chrysostom speculates, “as she was speaking, Christ unexpectedly came behind her, stunning the angels with awe” (In John86.1).


She has now come face to face with the very object of her anxiety, but she is unable to identify him.

In this particular instance, her inability to recognize him appears to be owing to the nature of Jesus’ risen body, as failing to recognize him is common in meetings with him throughout history (cf.

Her plight has been brought to Jesus’ attention, and he responds to her with tremendous compassion and tenderness.

He is both life and love in one person.

why are you crying?” He is asking the same question as the angels.

It is a question that gets to the heart of the matter.


She wishes to be in charge of Jesus’ body.


Moule 1898:59).

However, when Jesus calls her name, she recognizes his voice because she is a genuine sheep (10:3-4).

However, this is not always the case (see Mk 10:51), and John merely interprets the phrase as “teacher.” Jesus addresses her by the name he had previously used for her, and she answers with the title she had previously used for herself.

Jesus’ response, on the other hand, informs her that he has undergone a significant transformation, which has resulted in a significant shift in his connection with his disciples.


In any case, it appears that when Mary recognizes Jesus, she walks up to him and touches him.

It is probable that she is touching him on the arm or hand in order to make certain that he is indeed present (H.


In this situation, Jesus would be stating, “You don’t have to continue to touch me because(gar)I have not yet risen to the Father—I am still physically here in this place.” Alternatively, she may kneel before him and grasp his feet (Mt 28:9; cf.

Such holding may indicate that she is not only attempting to reassure herself that he is indeed present, but also expressing her hope that he does not leave again, according to certain theories.

Jesus declares that he is still on the move, and he also orders Mary to go to the disciples and tell them the good news.

It was said by the early church that she would become an apostle to the apostles.

The commission itself serves as a starting point for signs of change: Instead, contact my brothers and inform them of the situation (v.

When Jesus refers to his followers as brothers for the first time in this Gospel, he is referring to them as his own sons (cf.

Mk 3:35 par.

As Alford (1980:980) points out, this suggests not only that Jesus has retained his humanity in his resurrected form, but that he has also initiated a new degree of closeness between himself and his disciples.

The message Mary is to deliver expresses this newfound relationship: “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God,” she says (v.

The fact that his initial message is not “I have risen from the grave” may come as a surprise to some.

As previously stated, both in his general teaching (7:33-36) and in his farewell talk to his followers, Jesus spoke of his departure to the Father (13:3; 14:2-4, 12, 28; 16:5, 10, 17, 28).

As a result, Jesus’ profound satisfaction is shown in the messageI am returning to my Father.

His return to the Father is likewise wonderful news for the disciples, not only because they are able to share in his delight, but also because it is good news for their own circumstances.

14:16-17, 28; 15:26).

The message that Jesus provides to Mary demonstrates the christological foundation of their new friendship.

As a result, they are received into the fellowship that exists between Jesus and the Father ” (Ridderbos 1997:640).

In this new connection, the Father is the Father of the disciples exactly because he is Jesus’ Father, and the disciples are now Jesus’ brothers, as the Father is the Father of Jesus.

He has gotten his orders, and he is preparing to ship them off immediately.

However, this does not imply that the resurrection and the ascension have been merged into one another or that one has been replaced by the other in some way (Carson 1991:645).

Many believe that the fact that Jesus distributes the Spirit later on the same day (v.

However, as we shall see, the account of Jesus’ breathing impartation of the Spirit suggests that his giving of the Spirit, like his ascension, was not a straightforward event.

Mary Magdalene goes off and announces to the disciples what she has seen and heard.

Lk 24:11), though the fearful, doubting state of the disciples in the next section implies as much.

Christian witness should not attempt to share an experience; it should direct people to Jesus so people can encounter him for themselves.

Jesus met Mary in a way that was best for her. Now he will do the same for the disciples as a group. IVP New Testament Commentaries are made available by the generosity ofInterVarsity Press.

Why is it that Mary Magdalene did not recognize Jesus when He appeared to her?

Given that he had not yet risen to the throne of glory, wouldn’t He have seemed the same? John 20:15NKJV (New King James Version) – 15 “Woman, what is the cause of your tears?” Jesus inquired. “Can you tell me who you are looking for?” Assuming He was the gardener, she addressed Him in the following manner: “If You have brought Him away, please tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” ClarifyShareReport On April 24, 2016, I received a question. Liana Cohen is a model and actress.

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In part, this is due to the fact that we won’t have the same physical bodies in heaven as we have on earth, thus we won’t be able to know each other by sight.

1 Corinthians 15:50 It is my conviction, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, and that corruption cannot inherit incorruption.

15:51 Behold, I reveal a revelation to you: We will not all sleep, but we will all be transformed, says the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:53 Due to the fact that this corruptible must become incorruptible, and this mortal must become eternal.

We’ll get back in touch with them because of their spirit.

One manner in which we could be recognized is through our creative output.

When John looked at the individuals who were standing before God on judgment day, he noticed a few distinctions, for whatever reason.

Because we will never longer get old and die, we will no longer be recognized by our physical appearance, such as our hair color or skin tone.

21:4 (NASB) For the old things are no longer present, God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there will be no more death, neither mourning, nor weeping, nor will there be any more suffering, because the former things are no longer present.

In Luke 24:15-16, we read about the disciples encountering Jesus on the road after his resurrection, and they experienced the same event.

16 Their eyes, on the other hand, were prevented from recognizing him.

As a result, when they came across a living man (Jesus), it would not have occurred to them that he might potentially be the Messiah.

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He had his beard hairs pulled off and he had been scourged beyond comprehension.

He was most likely suffering from severe sores and maybe even leprosy.

It was imparted to them by Christ, but it was also kept hidden from them, so that they would not comprehend it when it was revealed.

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She was under the impression that His body had been taken from the grave. His voice was the only way she could tell who it was. “My sheep recognize my voice and follow me because I know who they are.” (See also John 10:27.) 0 replies on February 09, 2019 Vote for it, share it, and report it.

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