He begins his post with a look back at the post-resurrection followers of Jesus. And, when I say “post-resurrection,” I mean immediately after the resurrection before they saw and spent time with the risen Jesus.
His resurrection was so outside their reality and frame of reference that even when He was standing right in front of them, they only saw a stranger, and not Him.
They thought they knew Jesus, and to a limited extent they did. But only in terms of their own pre-resurrection reality.
Post-resurrection, they simply couldn’t get their minds around the bigger reality of who Jesus really was and what He really was about, because a resurrected Jesus did not conform to the Jesus they thought they knew, had lived with, saw crucified and helped bury.
He continues the post by comparing our own limited understanding of Jesus to these early followers. Like them, we think we know Jesus – and we do know him somewhat – but our understanding is limited. Regardless of how much we know, how long we’ve lived with him, how mature we are, there is always more of Jesus to know.
Of course, even after Jesus spent 40 more days with those early believers after his resurrection, and even after they had been indwelled by the Holy Spirit, they still had much to learn. It reminds me that Paul often prayed that his readers would continue to know and understand Jesus.
This is challenging… and encouraging… at the same time.