24 Jesus clever joke

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Introduction

Saturday evening April 20 we read that Jesus appeared with two of the disciples in a funny way.  He was resurrected and he made  yhe two disciples  believe he was a stranger to have them tell how they  experienced and saw his death. That gave him the opportunity to tell them about the many signs given in the scriptures by the old prophets.

In Scandinavia it is Easter tradition that the childrens go look in the garden if the Bunny has left a chocolate egg. Also in Italy it is tradition to buy big Easter chocolate eggs. 

Why are these two events celebrated together?  I will try to share light on this question in this post.

Index

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The NT text

LUke 24,13-35 tells about a funny way for Jesus to appear after his death.

13 Now that very same day, two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking together about all that had happened. 15 And it happened that as they were talking together and discussing it, Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; 16 but their eyes were prevented from recognising him. 

Of course they did not recognize him as they did not expect him appear like that. So Jesus made them believe he did not know what has happened.

17 He said to them, ‘What are all these things that you are discussing as you walk along?’ They stopped, their faces downcast. 18 Then one of them, called Cleopas, answered him, ‘You must be the only person staying in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have been happening there these last few days.’

Again Jesus plays ignorant

19 He asked, ‘What things?’ They answered, ‘All about Jesus of Nazareth, who showed himself a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and the whole people; 20 and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and had him crucified. 

21 Our own hope had been that he would be the one to set Israel free. And this is not all: two whole days have now gone by since it all happened; 22 and some women from our group have astounded us: they went to the tomb in the early morning, 23 and when they could not find the body, they came back to tell us they had seen a vision of angels who declared he was alive. 24 Some of our friends went to the tomb and found everything exactly as the women had reported, but of him they saw nothing.’

Now Jesus starts making them understand

25 Then he said to them, ‘You foolish men! So slow to believe all that the prophets have said! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer before entering into his glory?’ 27 Then, starting with Moses and going through all the prophets, he explained to them the passages throughout the scriptures that were about himself.

 28 When they drew near to the village to which they were going, he made as if to go on; 29 but they pressed him to stay with them saying, ‘It is nearly evening, and the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.

30 Now while he was with them at table, he took the bread and said the blessing; then he broke it and handed it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognised him; but he had vanished from their sight. 32 Then they said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?’

33 They set out that instant and returned to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven assembled together with their companions, 34 who said to them, ‘The Lord has indeed risen and has appeared to Simon.’ 35 Then they told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised him at the breaking of bread.

 

This is a wonderful piece of text where Jesus is making a clever joke having the two disciples believe he is a foreigner to have them tell what happened. Indeed a clever joke. it is simply to nice and clever  to have been invented by Luke.

Pagan origins

I looked at a video that gave med some light on my question above.

The speaker in the video below, says among others:

“There is no doubt hat the stroy of Jesus was embelished with far more ancient mythology to keep the ancient knowledge alive and to encope the wisdon in teh NewTestamentfor future generations.

The Bible is certainly  acarefully crafted work of art”

Look at the video below or read text in  Joanna  Gilliians article at  https://www.ancient-origins.net

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Conclusions

I believe that God, haveing created and controling the Quantum world, is able to do anything. So I believe that Jesus resurrected for two reasons. 

That Jesus choosed to enter Jerusalem at Easter /Passover was a intelligent step.  Jerusalem was crowded by visitors coming to make offers at the temple, from all over Judea and Galilea.

His sacrifice was to be seen by as many people as possible. Crucifixion was a normal event in Jerusalem  that was controled  by the Romans. But Jesus Resurrection was such a strong sign that it added a lot to the impact and spreading of Jesus messages across the Mediterranean. The resurrection made people unerstand that this was not a ordinary man like many others, that was curcified. This is the second reason I believe in the Resurrection. Looking at the impact, the enthusiasm of the disciples after this and the  huge  spreading of Jesus word, the Resurrection must have happened.