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by Wayne Blank
In the time between His resurrection and ascension, the Messiah appeared, differently, to numerous people. He sometimes appeared with the body that had suffered the grievous wounds of the crucifixion, and as such was recognized by those who knew Him, but He also appeared differently so that those who knew Him did not recognize Him (although they did eventually also realize that the man that they didn't recognize was Jesus Christ). He appeared physically, as He plainly said, and yet He was able to appear and disappear at will.
"And as they thus spake, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And He said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have. And when He had thus spoken, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, He said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And He took it, and did eat before them." (Luke 24:36-43 KJV)
Fact Finder: Have some people talked with angels without realizing that they were angels?