How Did They Not Recognize Him?
In our Faith and Science group, another question has come up which might shed some light on this mystery. In the Garden of Gethsemane, how do the Gospel writers know what Jesus prayed while the disciples were fast asleep?
It’s an interesting question, because the answer only makes sense if Jesus had actually resurrected after his crucifixion. He told them!
All through Jesus’ ministry, he tried to get his disciples to understand that he had a mission to fulfill. And because he knew the writings of the Prophets inside and out, he could make events fit the criteria of specific passages, such as Isaiah 53.
The Road to Emmaus
It had been three days since Jesus’ resurrection. Two men walking to Emmaus met up with a stranger on the road. They asked him if he knew what had taken place in Jerusalem. He played dumb, essentially to hear what they had to say about it.
Then he instructed them about the Prophets and how Jesus’ life fulfilled their words. When they got to their destination, they persuaded Jesus to accompany them to dinner. He obliged.
Sitting down to the meal, he took the bread, blessed it and broke it, giving it to them. They instantly recognized him. And then he disappeared. (Luke 24:30-31)
During the Last Supper, Jesus taught his disciples to remember him every time they sat down for a meal.
Since we eat every day, we should be mindful of his legacy, too. It wouldn’t hurt to say Grace, as well. in gratitude for your life.