Jesus: Risen and Hidden

April 30, 2017 – Kim Pierrot

In this season of Easter rejoicing, three gospel scenes fascinate me: Luke 24 (the disciples walking on the road to Emmaus), John 20 (Mary at the tomb), and John 21 (the disciples on the beach). Each vignette features people encountering the risen Jesus, but they don’t recognize him right away. Despite the real (and, eventually obvious) presence of Jesus in each story, people initially experienced him as hidden. What were these people doing when Jesus encountered them? Did something prevent them from seeing Jesus at first? And how did they come to recognize Jesus? I hope that by answering some of these questions, we will learn how to catch glimpses of the risen Jesus (occasionally hidden) in our own lives.

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