Jesus had lots of disciples in addition to the famous ones.
Who Saw the Risen Christ?
Two of Them…, Mark 16:12-13
Five Hundred Believers, 1 Corinthians 15:6
1 Corinthians 15:1-20, Christ has indeed been raised from the dead!
Others Who Saw the Risen Christ
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Almost no matter how well I know you, I won’t recognize you in a grocery store, because I don’t expect to see you there. In fact, about a year ago, my granddaughter and I came upon each other suddenly and unexpectedly in church, and it took about a second before we recognized each other!
Many explanations have been given for why Cleopas and his companion didn’t recognize Jesus, chiefly that (1) they were prevented (by God) from recognizing him, and (2) that he was so changed in appearance that they couldn’t recognize him. Personally, I think the reason is much simpler. They weren’t among his closest associates, they knew he was dead, and they had “been to his funeral.” They weren’t expecting to see him ... and they didn’t. But whoever he was, they were intent on what he had to say, and Christen Dalsgaard shows them as they urge Jesus to stay with them and tell them more. Only when he broke the bread and blessed it – an action familiar to them, did they recognize him.
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"Jesus and Disciples at Emmaus" by Christen Dalsgaard, from the Gamble family Bible, now in the private collection of Regina Hunter. Photography by Daryl Lee.