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 both His death and 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.

It is through this sad accounting of the disciples unbelief that we are allowed to see the saving power of faith. Truly, an informed faith leads us into salvation. Jesus reiterated the absolutely amazing power of faith. He did not leave us without the testimony of trustworthy people; yet, He did leave us with the free will of believing and trusting. Only by trusting the One who is eternally trustworthy do we gain our lives.

Help our unbelief Lord.

Mark 16:14

Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen.

Rpst, 2.17.2020

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