Consider that those who walked with Jesus or heard about or of Him after the Third Day . . . or witnessed His actual ministry, wanted to meet Him after the Third Day.
There were testimonies of He with people after the Third Day and there was the catchy word about His return. But dynamic experiences do tend, if not cultivated, to become static . . . people change, relationships change, cultures change, societies change, veiled religious concepts are exposed and bring to birth confusion.
Whatever happened, there was a perceived delay in the “return of Jesus.” Yet, what did they understand about this “return of Jesus?” Did they expect a body as before the Cross? Had they come to a belief that Jesus is the Son of God? Does the development of this belief affect the understanding or the meaning or the how of the “return of Jesus?”
Following the powerful divine intervention in the death and resurrection was there a movement to grow that understanding that in their living nothing could be as it was before the Cross? Is this the crossing to what we know as the sacraments? --To be continued.