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    we read in Scripture that on the morning Jesus was resurrected, He encountered Mary - she recognized Him and was apparently reaching out to Him hHetold her not to touch Him, because He had not yet ascended to the Father. Yet, later we read where Jesus told Thomas to touch Him and His wounds. Why did Jesus not let Mary touch Him, but encouraged Thomas to touch Him?

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    Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
    we read in Scripture that on the morning Jesus was resurrected, He encountered Mary - she recognized Him and was apparently reaching out to Him hHetold her not to touch Him, because He had not yet ascended to the Father. Yet, later we read where Jesus told Thomas to touch Him and His wounds. Why did Jesus not let Mary touch Him, but encouraged Thomas to touch Him?
    Hi Fisherman,

    It is so good to hear from you. This is a very good question. I will see if anyone else replies and will ask The Lord to reveal the answer to us.

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      I will bump this really good question in hope someone will reply.

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        This email from Glen Smith:
        Glen B Smith
        To:Lou Newton

        Aug 1 at 3:45 AM
        John 20:17

        DLNT
        17 Jesus says to her, “Do not be clinging-to Me, for I have not yet gone-up to the Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am going-up to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God’”.

        Commentary:
        If the reader assumes there is some condition concerning the resurrected body of the Lord which is pertinent to not being touched by humans before Jesus ascends to the Father, then there is an irresolvable issue since others like the Apostle Thomas touched the Lord before the ascension. Such a premise requires some reason for the resurrected Jesus to appear before the Father before His resurrected body can be touched. After which He returns for the post resurrection appearances. There is not a revealed purpose for such a scenario.

        “Touch” represents a Greek word which means to “cling to,” to “fasten on,” to “grasp” an object. The tense is present, and the prohibition is, therefore, not of an individual act, but of a continuance of the act, of the habit, “Do not continue clinging to Me.” Touch or rather, 'embrace me not,' or, 'cling not to me,' [me mou hapsomai,] might be understood as 'Spend no more time with me now in joyful graduations: for I am not yet immediately going to ascend to my Father; you will have several opportunities of seeing me again. Go and tell my disciples, but [afterwards] I shall depart to my Father and your Father.'

        Gill’s Exposition
        The Lord Jesus had an errand to send her on to his disciples. She did not need to stay now to show her respect to him, since she would have opportunity enough to do that, before his ascension; which though it was to be soon, yet not directly and immediately; and this seems to be the sense of our Lord's reason.

        Barnes Notes
        Touch me not ... - This passage has given rise to a variety of interpretations. Jesus required Thomas to touch him John 20:27, and it has been difficult to ascertain why he forbade this now to Mary. The reason why he directed Thomas to do this was, that he doubted whether he had been restored to life. Mary did not doubt that. The reason why he forbade her to touch him now is to be sought in the circumstances of the case. Mary, filled with joy and gratitude, was about to prostrate herself at his feet, disposed to remain with him, and offer him there her homage as her risen Lord. This is probably included in the word touch in this place; and the language of Jesus may mean this: "Do not approach me now for this purpose. Do not delay here. Other opportunities will yet be afforded to see me. I have not yet ascended - that is, I am not about to ascend immediately, but shall remain yet on earth to afford opportunity to my disciples to enjoy my presence." From Matthew 28:9, it appears that the women, when they met Jesus, held him by the feet and worshipped him. This species of adoration it was probably the intention of Mary to offer, and this, at that time, Jesus forbade, and directed her to go at once and give his disciples notice that he had risen.

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