Seeing IS Believing
In Mark 16 we have a very brief account of the resurrection of Jesus. It’s important to understand that none of the disciples thought that Jesus would be resurrected. None of them expected this, though Jesus had told them repeatedly that it would happen. Of course, the disciples aren’t to be condemned for this; after all, I’m sure if any of us were in their sandals we would have not believed Jesus either. But Jesus did rise from the dead. He first appears to the women, including Mary Magdalene. She tells the other disciples but they don’t believe. Then Jesus appears to two of the disciples and talks with them and they believe but when they tell the others, they don’t believe. Finally, in verse 14 we are told that Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples and then they believe.
The disciples needed to SEE Jesus in order to believe. But what about us? We don’t have the chance to physically see Jesus in order to believe. But we have the testimony of 2000 years of church history. We have the ministry of the Holy Spirit to help us believe. You will not see Jesus but you are still called to believe. When Thomas doubted Jesus’ resurrection because he was not present when Jesus first revealed Himself to the disciples, Jesus said this to Thomas when Jesus appeared to him: 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Jesus is referring to you and me. We believe without having seen.
However, I think it is important to note that not seeing Jesus doesn’t mean we don’t encounter Him. Belief is cemented and confirmed as we encounter and interact with Jesus, though we cannot see Him. If you only know of Him intellectually, then you will not likely be transformed by that knowledge. Do you really KNOW Jesus? Do you really believe in His resurrection? I hope so. If not, I’d be glad to talk with you to help you to “see” Him for the first time!