When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it. Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either. Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. —Mark 16:11-14

“Lack of faith” and a “stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen” brought a strong rebuke from Jesus. Much like when the disciples saw the Lord when they were behind locked doors and Thomas, who was not with them at the time, said, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” The next time Jesus appeared to the disciples Thomas was with them and his response was ““My Lord and my God!” Jesus went on to say to Thomas, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Have you believed? If your answer is yes then you are blessed! Those of us who have not seen Jesus believe by faith— “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). We have the confident assurance as to who Jesus is and what He has done. Rejoice in the Lord God!

Please trust Him if you haven’t—

Dear Father, thank You for speaking to my heart and drawing me to Jesus. Oh, be pleased to work through me to draw others to Jesus as well. May this be so in the authority of Jesus and by Your Holy Spirit’s power.

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