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Jesus' undercover mission....

Canisius | 17 May, 2007 17:41

For whatever reason, I had never asked myself how Jesus led the disciples out of Jerusalem to the mount of ascension (Luke 24:50) before reading these lines from Gueranger (IX, 170):

It is the last time that Jesus walks through the faithless city. He is invisible to the eyes of the people who denied Him, but visible to His disciples, and goes before them, as heretofore the pillar of fire led the on the Israelites.

Seems true: if the crowds had seen Jesus strolling casually through Jerusalem forty three days after the crucifixion there would probably have been a stir in the city! Although I suppose anyone diametrically opposed to Jesus would have been able to talk themselves around the experience. I thought of this passage from Paul:

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (1Cor 15:3-8)

But the appearance to five hundred at one time comes before a couple of other appearances, so it does not seem to be the result of Jesus' walk through Jerusalem on the day of the ascension.

The invisibility that Gueranger conjectures brings to mind how Jesus was seen by the disciples on the road to Emmaus but were kept from recognizing him; in other words, it could be that Jesus was visible to others, but seemed only to be a dignified stranger.


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