Thursday, September 22, 2011

Some doubted

Matthew 28:16-17 (ESV) Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. One wonders what the circumstances of this encounter was. “ Some doubted”, it haunts the end of the sentence begging for explanation not given. The other gospels, well at least Luke, and John fill in some of the details. For instance one assumes that that the disciples went to Galilee and returned to Jerusalem, within the week. As John has them in the upper room. We know that Thomas doubted. It seems all the disciples harbored doubts which only several appearances in different situations could alleviate. Matthew here doesn’t fill in all the blanks. Some doubted he says. It wasn’t him it seems. He reports what he saw. Of course if some, even having seen Jesus, doubted, it does make it apparent that not seeing, there would be many others who doubt. I guess in this case, seeing isn’t believing.

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