Unbelief – Mark 16:11-13

Yet, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it. Then after this, He appeared in a different form to two of them walking on their way into the country. And they went and reported it to the rest, who did not believe them either.

When presented with eyewitness testimony by reputable people who were not known to lie and had no motivation to lie those who heard refused to believe. Why? What about those who reported these things would keep the disciples from believing? Did the apostles feel that Mary had some sort of agenda? Had she been known to lie in the past? Did those on the road to Emmaus have something to gain by making up a lie about Jesus’ resurrection? Why are they so slow to believe their friends who are trustworthy and have no motivation for concocting such a story? The only reason I can come up with is the unlikeliness of what they are reporting. It is simply too much for them to accept even though Jesus Himself had routinely prepped them for this miracle of resurrection. They won’t even consider the possibility although it has been reported by multiple, trustworthy eyewitnesses on multiple occasions. Some things never change about our skeptical human nature. Help our unbelief Lord.

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