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Remember that this is the first experience of Jesus-now-resurrected in Luke.
In Luke, the tomb is discovered empty on Sunday morning by the women, but Jesus does not appear to his followers.
The failure to recognize Jesus-now-resurrected also happens to Mary in John 20:1-18. In Luke and John (but not Mark and Matthew) only the eleven disciples immediately recognize Jesus-now-resurrected.
Mary recognizes Jesus-now-resurrected when he calls her by name. These two recognize Jesus-now-resurrected when "he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them." Which is, of course, exactly what Jesus had told his followers to do "in remembrance of me." (Luke 22:19)
The two then return to Jerusalem and tell the others, and then Jesus-now-resurrected appears to the gathered group of his followers.
Now sometimes, modern day sophisticates talk about folks in the Bible as if they were merely uneducated, gullible, bumpkins who unquestioningly accepted any super-natural hocus-pocus.
But listen to their reactions to the resurrection events as interpreted by various translations (and note how the translators sometimes struggle to capture the full sense of the underlying Greek):
puzzled, perplexed, did not know what to think
(Luke 24:4, the women's reaction on finding the tomb open and empty)
awe struck, terrified
(Luke 24:5, the women's reaction on the sudden appearance of the two men in dazzling white robes)
didn't believe a word of it,
thought they were making it all up,
seemed like an idle tale, did not believe them,
these words appeared to them as nonsense,
the story sounded like a fairy tale
(Luke 24:11, the apostles reaction on hearing the report of the women)
wondered, amazed, marvelled, puzzled, shaking his head
(Luke 24:12, Peter's reaction at seeing the empty tomb)
didn't we feel on fire,
were not our hearts burning within us,
didn't it warm our hearts,
their hearts had felt strangely warmed
(Luke 24:32, two followers recall how they felt while Jesus - whom they had not recognized - explained the scriptures to them as they walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus)
terribly frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost,
in a state of alarm and fright, frightened and terrified,
startled and frightened, scared half to death
(Luke 24:37, the disciples reaction when Jesus first appears to them)
they still couldn't believe what they were seeing,
in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering,
they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement,
they were so glad and amazed they could not believe it,
their joy was so great that they still could not believe it as they were dumbfounded,
they stood there undecided - filled with joy and doubt
(Luke 24:41, the disciples reaction after Jesus shows them his wounds)
These are not the reactions of bumpkins.
In fact, like societies today in which "paranormal" experiences are still considered normal, the followers of Jesus were quite sophisticated in distinguishing different types of nonstandard experiences.
The details reported in Luke make it very clear that it was the same Jesus that was crucified that is now resurrected (see the wounds, Luke 24:39); and what they are seeing is not a ghost (eating before their eyes, Luke 24:43).