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I agree with Michael and additionally, I do not believe we can comprehend or imagine the brutalities our Lord experienced. Isaiah 52 14 states: "As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:" He was so beaten, bruised, battered, ripped, torn and disfigured his appearance was appalling and horrifying to look upon. His visage (appearance) was so damaged that he did not even look human! Our precious Lord, God and Savior's body was literally reduced to human hamburger. I'm sure those who saw him in this condition could not imagine that the one later standing before them was the resurrected and glorified Christ.
Why did the disciples not recognise Jesus after his resurection? After all, some were face to face with Him. Beaten or not, surely they would recognize Him. I dont believe it was his appearance that kept them from recognizing Him. The story of the road to Emmaus tells us why. In the story of the Road to Emmaus, after the Resurection, in LUKE 24, we are told in Verses 15-16 "And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him." Later in verses 30-31 we read: "And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And there eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. Clearly this was a supernatural event, not just a disfigured face. The question remains: Why? To me this is to emphasize this was to emphasize that Jesus, while He came as a man, was also God and had the power to reveal himself to whom He wished for His purpose. In this case, the purpose was to get his followers and disciples past the crucifixion and prove he was alive; so they would stop grieving and get on with the work he had prepared them for.
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