Sunday, January 23, 2011
Mar 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. 12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. 13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
The disciples were having a belief problem. Numerous times Jesus told them that He must go to Jerusalem, suffer, die and rise again. He did just as He said. Now, as word comes to them, not once, but twice that He indeed was risen from the dead, they refuse to accept it.
You gotta know they were all wishing that this was all, somehow, a very bad dream, that it just wasn't so. These guys, who had witnessed with their own eyes, the Lord raising a young maid from the dead as well as Him stopping a funeral procession to bring a young man back to life, now refused to believe what they should have known was possible.
But still, they were too dull to get it...until Sunday night. He Who had walked on water to them saying, "Be not afraid" now walks through the wall to them saying, "Fear not!" He had to chide them for their unbelief.
However, in His very next directive He instructs them to go to the world and tell everyone else that He died and rose again and those that do believe will be saved.
They did what they were told, fully convinced and convincing that Jesus is alive.