Why Didn’t the Disciples Recognize the Risen Christ? (Video)

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The gospels contain several accounts in which the disciples of Jesus don’t seem to recognize Him? Why was this the case? This clip was taken from J. Warner Wallace’s interview with Ragnhard Petersen, the general secretary of the student movement in the Faroe islands called KFS (the Faroese version of Intervarsity).

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J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

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  1. My husband and I got a laugh when we thought about our bodies being a seed that’s planted and comes up as something glorious. When we get our hair cut or put on make-up we’re just decorating our seed pod. This morning it’s, let me go see what I can do with this old seed pod…
    We heard you speak at Crossroads Church in Corona and have been watching your videos ever since. Thank you for your messages. We have learned a lot from them.

    • Answer:
      Mark 16:11-14
      And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
      [12] After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
      [13] And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
      [14] Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

      • Luke 24:36-43
        And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. [37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. [38] And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? [39] 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. [40] And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. [41] And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? [42] And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. [43] And he took it, and did eat before them.

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