Sightings, Part 1
The reports of various “sightings” begin to roll in. It is difficult to keep track of the timeline of the recorded appearances of Jesus. Some commentators have drained barrels of ink attempting such tedious chronologies. It’s never concerned me. The chaotic nature makes perfect sense. Jesus was back and he began to go hither and yon. He was once more inhabiting eternity; therefore, Newtonian physics offered no resistance. Seems once you’re resurrected you can get around pretty well. Over the next few days we’ll have a look at a few of these sightings and in no particular order.
If we were hovering above Jerusalem at this moment in time, we might have caught a glimpse of Mary Magdalene scampering from the tomb on her way back to the hideout to announce that Jesus was alive. If we looked west, we could see two people shuffling along the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The two appear to be absorbed in a serious discussion: Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast… ~Luke 24:13-17
I mentioned a couple of writings back something of the playfulness of this brief period of time between the resurrection and Christ’s ascension. I mean no dishonor at all in respect to the gravity of the surrounding events. But it does appear that Jesus is having a nice time of it as he drops in on folks. As with Mary Magdelene, Jesus is not at first recognizable to the downcast travelers. What is also of note is that once more, Jesus is making an appearance to virtual unknowns. But the choice of these two is intriguing if we dig a little deeper. So, let’s dig.
The very next verse gives us a name: One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” Luke 24:18 Wait a minute! That name sounds familiar. The assumption has often been that these were two lads making the journey from Jerusalem, but the Scripture never says that. Perhaps it was a man and a woman. Perhaps it was a husband and a wife… (Stay tuned)