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Mary Told Touch Me Not

After his resurrection Jesus told Mary," touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my father";(John 20:17) Why did Jesus need to ascend to his father before being touched?

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Greetings to fellow seekers. Firstof all, Jesus did not appear to Thomas later the same day, but 8 days later.
Compare Lev 8:33, 9:1, and study them in context. These vss describe the foreshadowing of the ceremonial annointing of the High Priest, which ceremony Jesus experienced in Heaven during this 8 day period (John 20:26). Jesus didn't want Mary to touch Him because He was ceremonially unclean until the evening (read Num 19 with emphasis on vs 7). Remember, Jesus observed the law to fulfill it in its entirety (Luke 16:17). He was fulfilling the Heavenly pattern of redempion (which was the substance of the shadow which God gave to Moses for the nation of Israel). The Lord is so awesome in ALL His ways. In Christ's love, Wordup
---Wordup on 2/28/11


Please post this also.


Mima #2


Matthew 27:50-51
50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent,

Mima, the veil of the Temple was rent at that very moment of Christs death signifying ..a sign from God the way into the Holiest of all had been opened.

Hebrews 9:3
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all,

Hebrews 10:20
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh,
Romans 6.I have been crucified with Christ!
---kathr4453 on 7/9/08


Part 3 Conclusion: Please post.

The tearing of the veil at the moment of Jesus' death dramatically symbolized that His sacrifice, the shedding of His own blood, was a sufficient atonement for sins forever. It signified the way into the Holy of Holies. The veil was symbolic of Christ Himself who is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6). We cannot enter the Holy of Holies EXCEPT by Him. Hebrews 10:19-20. He was the veil to the Holy of Holies, and through His death and resurrection, believers have access to God. Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, has removed the barriers between God and man.

Believers stand before God IN CHRIST and HIS finished work upon the Cross.

Thank You Jesus!
---kathr4453 on 7/9/08


Mima, let me ask you...How did Jesus carry His blood to heaven...in a jar?

I'm not being sarcastic here, believe me, but just making you think it through.

Do you see that when Jesus entered Heaven and took the Throne at the Right hand of the Father, no where does it imply Jesus had to hand a jar of His blood to God first, so God could sprinkle blood on the Mercy seat before Jesus could sit there.

Christ IS the Mercy seat. Christ IS the ARK.

Christ IS the Tabernacle...everything you see in the Tabernacle IS CHRIST.

Jesus Christ IS GOD Mima.



---kathr4453 on 7/9/08


---kathr4453 you wrote,"The Blood had to be in heaven and accepted by God before Jesus could be raise from the dead" but Hebrews 9:12 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us" indicates that Jesus entered heaven, by his own blood, which implies that he took his blood with him to heaven.
---Mima on 7/8/08




---kathr4453 you wrote,"Thomas TOUCHED Jesus side and hands, before Jesus ascended, and did not interfere in any way." but Scripture says," John 20:27-28-29"Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands, and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

28- And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.

29-Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. So Thomas believed, not because he touched him, but because he had seen him(the holes).
---Mima on 7/8/08


I believe the Blood was accepted the moment it was shed.

Thomas TOUCHED Jesus side and hands, before Jesus ascended, and did not interfere in any way.

I believe Jesus was trying to let Mary know that our relationship with Jesus is not based on emotions.
---kathr4453 on 7/8/08


Please post this one:


This is what the Bible teaches:



Hebrews 13:

20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,


The Blood had to be in heaven and accepted by God before Jesus could be raise from the dead.

It was through that PERFECT sacrifice that Jesus was resurrected!!!!

His RESURRECTION proved God had accepted His Perfect Blood sacrifice.

And Jesus did not ascend to heaven the day he saw Mary and come back as spend 40 days and then ascend again.





---kathr4453 on 7/8/08


This statement by Catherine expresses exactly what I believe.
"It is believed by many that He ascended that afternoon to present His Blood to the Father for sprinkling upon the mercy seat in the heavenly tabernacle."
---Mima on 7/7/08


It is believed by many that He ascended that afternoon to present His Blood to the Father for sprinkling upon the mercy seat in the heavenly tabernacle. I messed up on this one time. I rebuked it, "well, I never heard such a thing in all my life". I was wrong. Anyways, "touch me not" Means she could not cling to the Lord, and keep Him there with her. His destination was to go to the Father. Over in John 20:19-23, "Handle me and see": scripture gives valuable information concerning our own resurrection body, "for we shall have a body like His".>>>> This is all the information I have on this at this time.
---catherine on 7/6/08




Todd, I believe you are correct. Mary was expressing a desire to hold on to His physical presence for fear that she would lose Him. Jesus reference to His ascension signifies that He would only be tempararily with them and she desperately wanted Him to stay, He could not. Jesus was with them for 40 days more, then He ascended (acts 1:3-11). After He went to the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit (the helper) so that they would not feel abandoned (14:18,19). "But go to My Brethren" Disciples had been called "servants" or "friends" but not brothers, until here. Because of Jesus work on the cross in place of the sinner, this new relationship to Christ was made possible (Rom. 8:14-17, Gal. 3:26,27, Eph. 1:5).
---Mark_V. on 7/6/08


It has been a long time since I studied this for myself, but I think the word translated as "touch" has a meaning closer to "cling" or "hold". So I think it's more like "Mary, do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my father" or "do not hold on to me" I THINK He was letting her know that He wasn't back permenantly? That she couldn't cling to Him forever like I'm sure she would have liked to. That He was going to leave soon.Just my thoughts.
---Todd1 on 7/2/08

Todd1 you are right. Better translations do have the words "Don't cling to me."
Mary was trying to hold on, because she lost Him the first time and She didn't want to lose Him again.
---Nicole on 7/5/08


It has been a long time since I studied this for myself, but I think the word translated as "touch" has a meaning closer to "cling" or "hold".

So I think it's more like "Mary, do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to my father"

or "do not hold on to me"

I THINK He was letting her know that He wasn't back permenantly? That she couldn't cling to Him forever like I'm sure she would have liked to. That He was going to leave soon.

Just my thoughts.
---Todd1 on 7/2/08


When Jesus spoke to Mary as the high priest fulfilling the day of the atonement (Lev 16), Having accomplished the sacrifice, Jesus was on his way to present the sacred blood in heaven. Mary knowing as yet Christ after the flesh (2 Cor 5:15-17) and having found her beloved sought only to hold him, while he about to assume a new relation to his diciples in ascension, he gently teaches Mary that she must not seek to hold him to the earth but rather become his messenger of the new joy.
---Rebecca_D on 7/2/08


Mima ... also, now that He is ascended, how do we touch Him?
It is one of those sayings we have accepted each time we hear it, without really thinking about it, at least I never have.
I wonder what answers you will get?
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/21/07


Emcee, I don't believe you understand what I'm trying to say. So be it.
---Kay on 10/28/06


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Kay ::Believe what you may It is your interpretation.However the plan was there much before the shedding of blood From Genesis 3:15.But again you claim to be right .So be it.
---Emcee on 10/28/06


Kay::Jesus's First obligation after His words on the cross "it is finished "was to His Father. His plan for our salvation had been already set in place "Follow me I am the way The truth &the life:He who eats my Body & drinks my Blood :Keep my commandments: love one another"

"It is finished" refers to the completion of Jesus' atonement for our sins. There was nothing else Jesus had to do. Without the shedding of Jesus' blood there wouldn't be a plan of salvation.
---Kay on 10/27/06


Kay::Jesus's First obligation after His words on the cross "it is finished "was to His Father. His plan for our salvation had been already set in place "Follow me I am the way The truth &the life:He who eats my Body & drinks my Blood :Keep my commandments: love one another"
---Emcee on 10/27/06


Alan Of UK ::Yes I agree there were several Marys who followed Jesus in His life here on earth & 2006 years later is not an uncommmon mistake .some people take umbrage unfortunately,Its sad & not condusive to forum discussion due to the time lap.
---Emcee on 10/27/06


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Oke ... No, I was not trying to ridicule you. Your correction was not published by the time I posted my comment.
And I have come across many others who confuse the two Marys
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/27/06


Alan, are you trying to ridicule me? I already corrected myself. I hadn't even read the passage when I first replied, and there's no other blog I've read that voiced this confusion.
---Okebaram on 10/26/06


Yes Emcee ... How often we come across those who do not know the difference between the two main Marys in Jesus' life!
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/26/06


"The touch me not situation was just a request as HE Jesus had not as yet presented Himself to the Father after He last spoke from the Cross "IT IS DONE" "
Emcee, where do you get this from? And if this is true, why did He later on that day let Thomas touch Him? His work was complete so He didn't have to wait to do anything else ("It is finished"). Jesus wouldn't say "its finished" if He still had some work to do in regards to His plan of salvation for us.
---Kay on 10/26/06


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Thanks for that correction Emcee. I have to withdraw my former statement and say that He was saying to Mary Madgelene, do not withhold me, as she would have wanted to cling to him, speak with Him, discuss, ask questions, take Him home...but she either didn't know or she didn't recall that He had to return to God after resurrecting. NIV says "hold on to me" rather than "touch me".
---Okebaram on 10/25/06


Mary Magdalene attended the tomb of Jesus for annointing not Mary the Mother of Jesus.The touch me not situation was just a request as HE Jesus had not as yet presented Himself to the Father after He last spoke from the Cross "IT IS DONE"
---Emcee on 10/25/06


Because Jesus and Mary still shared a sharp, mother-to-son and vice versa bond. Touching Jesus will have made her feel more the ironic sadness of His imminent departure, as well as made Jesus somewhat reluctant to leave for heaven. This is what I believe.
---Okebaram on 10/25/06


"Helen::wrong again.Bob's answer is more feasible & true"


Bob's answer wasn't even from the Bible. How could it be more feasible and true?
---kay on 10/25/06


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greetings,there was more than enough fright in mary but not enough to overcome her courage.in modern phrase,jesus said,'touch me not ,mary,for i am not as you knew me in the flesh.in this form i will tarry with you for a season before i ascend to the Father.'
---earl on 10/21/06


Bob,you must be a SDA.This sounds too much like Ellen G. Whites teachings.I find your theory contrary to what the Bible actually says.You say that an earthly human touch would have contaminated His perfect sacrifice,but how do you explain what Jesus encouraged Thomas to do?READ:John 20:27--this took place on the same exact day that He told Mary not to "cling" to Him.Do you think He resurrected, told Mary not to touch Him, went to Heaven,and then came back to Earth to let Thomas touch His hands?
---Kay on 10/21/06


Jesus was also telling Mary "let go of me and stop clinging to me because shortly you will have to believe in me even though I am no longer here on earth with you". She very shortly would have to walk by faith, not by sight.
---Helen_5378 on 10/20/06


Helen::wrong again.Bob's answer is more feasible & true
---Emcee on 10/20/06


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Helen::wrong again.Bob's answer is more feasible & true
---Emcee on 10/20/06


Jesus was really telling Mary to let go of Him because He would never leave her nor forsake her.
---Helen_5378 on 10/20/06


"When Jesus spoke to Mary as the high priest fulfilling the day of the atonement (Lev 16), Having accomplished the sacrifice, Jesus was on his way to present the sacred blood in heaven."

Jesus "presented" His blood to the Father while on the cross. His atoning work was finished then. "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished; and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."-John 19:30
---Kay on 10/20/06


Mary was overly excited to see the resurrected Jesus. I imagine her running up to Him, wrapping her arms around Him, and not letting go. "Touch me not" can be translated as "stop clinging to me". Mary was already holding onto Jesus when He told her "touch me not". His words reassured her that He wasn't ascending anytime soon and that she had plenty of time to enjoy His company.
---Kay on 10/20/06


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Because He/Jesus had to present His now perfect spotless blood as the Unblemished Passover Lamb/Unleavened Bread from Heaven before God The Father, performing His High Priestly duties in The Heavenly Holy Of Holies as Melchizzek, High Priest not after men, outlined in Hebrews. Earthly humans touching Him would have contaminated His now perfect sinless/spotless blood sacrifice as He was now in His Glorified Body. Aterwards, many were allowed to touch Him with their hands. Heb.4:14-16, 5:1-10.
---bob6749_[Echad] on 2/1/06


rebecca D

very Good you hit the nail on the head the word used is means to cling to..
---willow on 2/1/06


Mima ... that as you must know is a com[pletely different kind of touching. Jesus was telling Mary not to try to touch His body. What you now talk about was touching minds, communication, which whilst it uses the same word is something totally different ... And Jesus was not telling Mary not to communicate with Him at that time
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/31/06


To alan; The best way to touch God is to go to him by way of his son Jesus. Therefore if we offer up our prayers for approval to Jesus to be carried by him to the Father we can touch Almighty God. If Jesus takes our prayers to the Father, he literally become your advocate, or attorney, our spokesman and if so success of our prayers is guaranteed.
---mima on 1/31/06


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One study Bible says this verse reinforces the now changed condition that is to exist between Master and disciple, a condition which Jesus tells Mary will be fully established with the Ascension.
---DoryLory on 1/31/06


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