DON'T YOU REMEMBER?
Clearly his disciples took a long time to be persuaded completely of his nature.
It was a new day when Jesus rose from the dead and all the previous teachings, miracles and experiences had not guaranteed their understanding. I wonder how persuaded we are when presented with the words of Christ?
None of Jesus’ followers questioned the reality of His death. With their own eyes they had observed his suffering on the cross and knew the details of his body being put in the tomb. In spite of everything else he said and did, this inevitability did not require any persuasion. They knew He was dead.
When the women entered the empty tomb, they began to question what had happened. His dead body was here, but now an empty sepulcher.
The angels asked why they were looking for the living among the dead. Even though Jesus had foretold his death, burial and resurrection they had not grasped this part of his message. They probably thought he referred to their Jewish understanding of resurrection; that all would be resurrected at the end of time. But this was beyond their comprehension.
Jesus had literally raised people from the dead, but they were still in shock at his empty tomb. The angels reminded them that Jesus had told them what would happen. Don’t you remember what he told you?
Sometimes being told something repeatedly does little to persuade us. Some of our struggles may come from not accepting what God has said. When you are persuaded that God has spoken and are willing to commit everything into God’s care, there is a notable difference. You are able to endure with faith in God to ultimately save you.
Jesus had in fact spoken of his death, burial and resurrection on several occasions. Matthew, Mark and Luke all report multiple conversations where Jesus spoke clearly of this.
What does it take to be persuaded of truth? The disciples were not easily convinced. They may have followed Jesus, but they were not about to lose their own discretion and opinions.