"Quickened in Spirit"
Because still natural men, the disciples could not
comprehend spiritual things--until Pentecost. It was necessary, therefore,
that Jesus' resurrection should be humanly demonstrated. Only believers
could receive the Pentecostal illumination. They must believe, and know
also that He is no longer a man, but again a spirit being.
The third day after Calvary the women who carried
embalming spices found the sepulchre empty. Mary met Jesus, but knew Him
not, for He appeared as a gardener. Jesus revealed Himself by His voice.
He said, "I have not yet ascended to My Father and your Father, to My
God and your God." The news spread. St. Peter and St. John were
amazed, and both ran to the sepulchre. They saw nothing but the vacant
tomb and the folded clothes.
Later the same day, two of them journeyed to Emmaus.
They were conversing eagerly when Jesus, in another form, unrecognized by
them, joined them. He quietly explained to them the types and prophecies
which foretold Jesus' death as man's Redeemer, saying, "Thus it
behooved Messiah to suffer and to enter into His glory." Telling the
experience afterward they said, "Did not our hearts burn within us as
He talked with us by the way and opened unto us the Scriptures?" At
their evening meal, He revealed Himself, and vanished.
The same evening many of them were gathered in the upper
room discussing the remarkable events of the day, the doors being shut,
yea, bolted, for fear of the Jews. Suddenly while the doors were still
shut, Jesus appeared in their midst, still differently. This time He
appeared like His former self. Even this affrighted them, though He told
them that what they saw was flesh and blood, and proved it by eating. He
was no longer the fleshly Jesus; in His resurrection He returned to the
spirit condition. (1 Corinthians 15:44.) But, He had power to materialize,
as the holy angels (and Himself, before made flesh) had done.