Do you REALLY BELIEVE in the RESURRECTION of CHRIST?
October 21 Bible Reading: Mark Chapters 13-16
"Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe..." (Mark 16:14-17)
In Mark chapter 16, three separate appearances by the resurrected Christ are noted, and in all three the disciples’ unbelief is highlighted (Mark 16:11, 13, 14). This last appearance to the eleven took place that same Sunday evening (Luke 24:36; John 20:19–24; 1 Cor. 15:5). Although the disciples are referred to as the eleven, only ten were present and Thomas was absent on this occasion. During this appearance, Jesus rebuked His disciples for their refusal to accept the reports of His resurrection from Mary and the others!
Then the disciples were commanded to preach the gospel to the whole creation. The Savior’s goal was world evangelization. He purposed to accomplish it with eleven disciples who would literally forsake all to follow Him. There would be two results of the preaching: some would believe, be baptized and be saved; some would disbelieve and be condemned. In Jesus’ commission to preach the gospel (16:15–16), belief is outwardly confessed through baptism, and unbelief leaves a person condemned in the sight of God.
Let us understand that belief is the inward reception of Christ, and baptism is the outward testimony of that belief. What we see in the above passage was that Jesus upbraided these disciples for not believing the accounts of eyewitnesses, but He pronounced a blessing on “those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Today, let us truly believe in the resurrection of Christ, and propagate the gospel that originated out of this glorious resurrection! This will be one way we can truly be His disciples!