It was early on Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead, and the first person who saw him was Mary Magdalene, the woman from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and found the disciples, who were grieving and weeping. But when she told them that Jesus was alive and she had seen him, they didn’t believe her. Afterward he appeared to two who were walking from Jerusalem into the country, but they didn’t recognize him at first because he had changed his appearance. When they realized who he was, they rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them. Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their unbelief — their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. (Mark 16:9-14 NLT’96)
They were the ones closest to Jesus. He had clearly explained to them what would happen, his death and resurrection. Yet they were utterly discouraged by his crucifixion and refused to believe when they were told he had risen.
Pay attention to what Jesus says. In the hard circumstances, keep reminding yourself what he has promised. And when the news comes — too good to be true, your deepest desire fulfilled — don’t let disbelief rob you of the joy.
Jesus made some mind-boggling, soul-stretching promises. He is true to his word!