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John 20:14

20:14 she . . . saw Jesus standing. Matthew reveals that Jesus had already appeared once to the group of women on their way to Jerusalem to tell the news about the empty tomb (Matt. 28:8–10).

did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus was often not immediately recognized after His resurrection (v. 20; 21:4). On some occasions this may have been due to skepticism or grief; in Luke it is sometimes due to supernatural hindrance (Luke 24:16, 31). In addition, the resurrection involves a change in appearance (1 Cor. 15:35–49).