Star Trek Mimics Real Miraculous
Actions of Jesus
Copyright 2019 by Joan berry
up, Scotty.” Many of us will recall that famous order by Captain Kirk on the
original TV series, Star Trek. The
characters in the show often appeared and disappeared at the push of a button.
A few years later, a small number of scientists accomplished this
“transportation” on a very small scale. I understand that it was too dangerous
to continue the experiments. I would think that the Philadelphia experiment
might have come to their minds. However, in real life long ago (ca. 30 C.E.),
the Son of the Almighty God was popping in and out of places quicker than the
blink of an eye; and He metamorphosed into a glorious, radiant being from the
inside out. Thus, His inner circle got a glimpse of Jesus’ deity and His
connection between Heaven and Earth. Following are accounts of Jesus’
appearances and disappearances and the transfiguration based on the books of
the New Testament.
The purpose of the occasion was to further teach a deeper understanding of the
deity of Christ and of events to come.
Before Jesus was crucified, He
took His inner circle, Peter and brothers James and John, into the country for
rest and prayer on a mountainside. At some point, the disciples fell asleep and
when they awoke, they saw figure of glorious radiance. His face shone like the
sun and His clothes were a brilliant, glowing white. They beheld their Lord as
He appeared in His deity. Appearing with Jesus were Moses (law) and Elijah (prophet).
The glory of God appeared as a cloud that enveloped them. Peter made an error
when he offered to make a booth (tabernacle) for each of them because this
placed all three on equal status. To undo the error, God proclaimed from the
cloud, ”Listen to Him,” referring to Jesus. The disciples had fallen on their
faces in fear and Jesus comforted them as the two Old Testament figures
disappeared and Jesus transfigured back into His recognizable body. And then He
instructed them to tell no one of their experience. They needed to have this
experience to better understand the mission of Jesus and what would soon come.
Appearances and Disappearances
Prior to meeting the two believers
on the road to Emmaus, Jesus had suddenly appeared to the two Marys at the tomb
and to Peter.
Mark and Luke have similar stories
about Jesus and the two men on the road to Emmaus. According to Mark, Jesus
appeared to two believers on the road and they did not recognize Him because He
had changed his body. Mark pointed out that the men were walking in the wrong
direction – away from the believers in Jerusalem; Jesus rebuked them for their
lack of Scripture knowledge; and when they recognized Him, they turned back
toward Jerusalem. Generally, biblical scholars believe that God did not want
Jesus to be recognized right away until the full reality of the bodily
resurrection could be better understood.
Luke reported a fuller account of this event;
the same account as Mark told about Jesus’ appearance to the two men on the
road to Emmaus, but here the accounts differ: Jesus starts a conversation by
asking what recent events had occurred in Jerusalem. The men began to tell of a
crucifixion three days prior of Jesus, who was a prophet who performed great
miracles of healing and was an equally great teacher. However, he died as other
prophets. They said that they heard He
had risen from the dead, but didn’t believe it. When the group arrived at
Emmaus, the men invited Jesus to stay with them and continue their
conversation. During the meal, when Jesus broke bread with them, their eyes
were opened and they recognized Him. And then Jesus disappeared. According to
Mark, the followers returned to the believers in Jerusalem.
Appearance to the Disciples
The disciples gathered behind
closed doors in Jerusalem to talk about what they had seen and heard about.
Amid all the excitement, Jesus appeared in the room but was not immediately recognized
because of the changes due to the resurrection and glorification of His body.
In His new body, he was transcendent of all things. When the disciples finally recognized
Him, they thought He was a ghost and Jesus ate a piece of broiled fish to prove
otherwise. His body was not restored to the state familiar to His disciples as
was Lazarus,’ but His crucifixion wounds were visible as a testament to his
followers. His body was glorified and immortal and could appear or disappear at
His will. Jesus met with His disciples at this time to prove He was resurrected
and to further teach them to open their eyes to understand the purpose of His
life and death and resurrection. He prepared them to teach and preach to others
as His witnesses to the Good News.
Eight days following this meeting, Jesus again
appeared to the disciples. This time Thomas was present having missed the first
appearance. Jesus appeared to all eleven disciples to dispel any further
unbelief concerning His resurrection (Judas was dead). Jesus rebuked their
unbelief; He had foretold His death; He had foretold His resurrection; He told
them the Old Testament had prophesized all that happened; and that the
disciples had no excuse for their unbelief. We all know how Thomas (aka
Doubting Thomas) touched a wound on Jesus’ body and declared “My Lord, My God!”
In another post resurrection encounter with His disciples, Jesus gave them the Great Commission. He instructed them to go forth into the world to teach, preach, baptize in His name and as His witnesses. Jesus spent 40 days between His resurrection and assentation during which he appeared to various people.
Following a meeting with the His 11 disciples, Jesus led them out of Jerusalem to Bethany on the slopes of Mt. Olives. After speaking to them and promising them the fulfillment of Holy Spirit, and instructing them to wait for it in Jerusalem, He blessed them and then enveloped by a cloud (glory of God), He ascended heavenward until He disappeared.
The power of Jesus is amazing, not only for his metamorphotic powers, healing the sick, and walking on water, but for His love of us and the sacrifice to save us, To God be the Glory.
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Mark 16: 12-13; 14; 19-20. Luke 24: 13-34; 35-43; 44-49; 50: 53. John 20: 19-23; 21: 1-24; 21: 15-25.