Wednesday April 6- On earth as it is in heaven
Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. They rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them.
This account is a short summary of a longer story in the Gospel of Luke. These two followers are probably husband and wife, Cleopas and Mary.
They already heard Jesus is alive from Mary Magdalene, but they didn’t believe her. Now we are told they do not immediately recognize Jesus themselves.
“He appeared in another form to two of them…”
What does that mean?
Well, the Bible says, later, Jesus is the first of the new species of humans in the new creation that is God’s kingdom finally coming to completion. Jesus is the first human to be given a new glorified body which isn’t exactly like these bodies of flesh and bone. He appears as a human, but he also has a glow. He looks like a man, but he can also pass through walls.
It appears Jesus is no longer bound to the physics of our world of space, time, and material dimensions. He can move between the heavenly and earthly dimensions. This points us to the kingdom of God now beginning to infiltrate the kingdom of our world. Intersecting first with Jesus. The words of Jesus fulfilled. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
So, how do the others take this news of the risen Jesus? Not any better than when Mary Magdalene told them. Even the male, Cleopas, is doubted.
When you have traveled to someplace well known the first time, how did your perceptions change?