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Christ Appearing to the Apostles after the Resurrection
Blake produced this image of Christ as one of the thirteen Large Color Prints which he began in 1795. The import of this image is that it represents the beginning of the transition that the disciples of Christ must make as they adapt to the presence of Christ with them in a spiritual body rather than in a physical body. The resurrected Christ strives to demonstrate that although he has passed through the experience of death and has been changed, he is not a phantom or a ghost but a real presence in a real, though spiritual, body.
The change that occurred in Christ was designed to produce changes in the disciples if they incorporated the presence of Christ into their own psyches. The transformative experience would be perceiving the post-resurrection Christ as alive and active. The disciples are instructed that Christ becomes available to live and act in individuals who receive him into their souls.
Annotations to Berkley, (E 664) "The Natural Body is an Obstruction to the Soul or Spiritual Body" Songs of Experience, To Tirzah, (E 30) "Thou Mother of my Mortal part. With cruelty didst mould my Heart. And with false self-decieving tears, Didst bind my Nostrils Eyes & Ears. Didst close my Tongue in senseless clay And me to Mortal Life betray: The Death of Jesus set me free, Then what have I to do with thee? It is Raised a Spiritual Body"
Four Zoas, Night VIII, PAGE 104 (SECOND PORTION), (E 378) "Los said to Enitbarmon Pitying I saw Pitying the Lamb of God Descended thro Jerusalems gates To put off Mystery time after time & as a Man Is born on Earth so was he born of Fair Jerusalem In mysterys woven mantle & in the Robes of Luvah He stood in fair Jerusalem to awake up into Eden The fallen Man but first to Give his vegetated body To be cut off & separated that the Spiritual body may be Reveald" Annotations to Berkley, (E 663) "They also considerd God as abstracted or distinct from the Imaginative World but Jesus as also Abraham & David considerd God as a Man in the Spiritual or Imaginative Vision Jesus considerd Imagination to be the Real Man & says I will not leave you Orphanned and I will manifest myself to you he says also the Spiritual Body or Angel as little Children always behold the Face of the Heavenly Father" There is No Natural Religion, [b], (E 3) "VII The desire of Man being Infinite the possession is Infinite & himself Infinite Conclusion, If it were not for the Poetic or Prophetic character. the Philosophic & Experimental would soon be at the ratio of all things & stand still, unable to do other than repeat the same dull round over again Application. He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God. He who sees the Ratio only sees himself only. Therefore God becomes as we are, that we may be as he is"Luke 24
 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,
 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.
 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.
 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
 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.
 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
 And he took it, and did eat before them.
 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
First Corinthians 15
 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.