Thursday, April 12, 2012

Christ Rebukes the Disciples

Mark 16:14 (ESV)
Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
Now Jesus rebukes the disciples for not believe as they were reclining at table, that is, as they were sitting down to eat. He rebukes them for not believing those who saw him after he had risen. In the gospel of John Peter and John when they heard, ran to the tomb, they investigated what they could themselves and came to believe. In mark that episode is not recorded. But it seems the majority of the disciples did not believe enough to even go investigate. They of all people should have known better. Jesus had told them before hand. But they did not believe when others told them it had happened. So he rebukes them.
I do think it is worth noting that the disciples had a hard time swallowing this story. I don’t think we should be all that surprised then when the world doesn’t believe us. We aren’t even claiming to be the ones who saw it. I find a lot of people find the story so preposterous that they refuse to investigate. More frustrating is when in the guise of logic they make illogical arguments against it, and claim to be the smart ones etc. Plenty of smart logical believers in this world. Really, most don’t get it but the west would be in a sore spot without Christianity, the whole world would be. But I don’t think we should be surprised or shocked or anything when others don’t believe the story. Unfortunately, Christ’s rebuke seems to get stronger with time.
That said, Christ is being slow to return out of love for all. He wants them all to be saved. He is being patient. We need to be patient too. And it would help if we kept our focus where Christ tells us too, in the forgiveness of sins. The world needs laws, and knows it. But the world doesn’t need blue laws, in all their forms. Christianity isn’t about conforming the world to the image of Christ through the law, anymore than Christ came to be a second Moses. Christ came to die for this world that it might know him and be saved. He rose for our justification. We might should keep that in mind.

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