Rev. John M. Sweigart pointed out a flaw in paper #X97 The Paradise Paradox. The original Greek for John 20:17 suggests that Mary Magdalene was already touching Jesus.
It is highly recommended that you read #X97 before continuing. A link is provided at the end of that paper to bring you back here.
Jesus asked Mary Magdalene, ..."Do not cling to me for I have not yet ascended to My Father..." John 20:17 KNJV
Upon inspection of other passages, I discovered that Rev. Sweigart is correct.
Matthew 28:1 …Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
Matthew 28:5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has risen as He said…"
Matthew 28:9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him.
It has been pointed out that Mary was present during the preparation of the body of Jesus, so according to Jewish Law she could be unclean for seven days and anything she touched would also be unclean.
Did the women seizing the feet of Jesus after he was resurrected make Him unclean?
Prior to the crucifixion, Jesus washed His disciples feet:
John 13:5-10 …He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet…
Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are you washing my feet?"
Jesus answered him. "What I am doing now you do not understand now, but you will know after this."
Peter said to Him, "Lord not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!"
Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean…"
Jesus is saying that even though the feet may now be unclean the person is still wholly clean if they wash just their feet? If this is the case, then by allowing the Women to seize his feet he would still remain clean as long as they touched no other part of his body. This might be what Jesus is referring to when he asks Mary Magdalene:
..."Do not cling to me for I have not yet ascended to My Father..." John 20:17
However, Jesus now needs to have his feet washed.
In Luke 24:1-35 We read of the resurrected Jesus joining two of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. At this point, the two disciples did not know that this was Jesus they were talking with.
The two men in Luke 24:29 invited Jesus to stay with them.
Luke 24:30-31 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and he vanished from their sight.
Many have assumed here that the two disciples noticed the nail marks in His hands when he broke the bread and this is how they recognized Jesus.
But, something else happened here. Notice the words 'Now it came to pass,' Between the time, where they invite Jesus in and when He sat at the table, something else happened. Something so common that the author doesn't even mention what it is.
Prior to the crucifixion, in Luke 7:36-50, we read of a Pharisee who asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus arrives and a woman begins to wash his feet. This was common practice of providing water for the guest to clean their feet or having a servant clean the feet of a guest. The Pharisee questions why Jesus would allow a sinful woman to clean His feet, But Jesus rebukes the Pharisee:
Luke 7:44 "…I entered your house; you gave Me no water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
Jesus states in Matthew 10:14 "And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of Judgment than for that city."
When Jesus says "shake off the dust from your feet." He is making reference to the feet not being washed. In a house where you are received properly, water would be supplied or they would have a servant wash your feet.
Interestingly, Jesus mentions Sodom and Gomorrah in this same passage.
Abraham says to the three visitors in;
Genesis 18:4 , "Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree."
Lot receives two of Abraham's three angelic visitors in Sodom:
Genesis 19:2 And he (Lot) said, "Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way…"
As we can see washing the feet of a visitor was common even back in the times of Genesis. Therefore, we can assume that the two men in Luke 24:29 who invited Jesus to stay with them, supplied water for Him to wash His feet.
This meeting between the two men and Jesus took place immediately after Mary Magdalene had touched his feet. Mark 16:12 states that Jesus appeared to these two in a different form from the one He took when He appeared to the two Mary's just prior to this.
As this topic on the surface may seem trivial, it turns out to be anything but;
Special Thanks to Rev. John M. Sweigart Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Dover, Arkansas, for pointing out the discrepancy in #X97.
This paper is Part 2 of 3
To goto Part 3 click here: The Ascension, Resurrection, Flesh and Bone
© Copyright 1998, Trinity Consulting, All Rights Reserved.
Presented by Trinity Consulting