Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Jesus seems to have a lot of trouble with narrow minded and hard hearted followers. On the day he rose from the dead, by Mark's reckoning, an angel sent three women to tell the disciples. They didn't. Jesus then appeared to a woman who told the disciples. They didn't believe. Jesus explained everything to two disciples who went back to the eleven. The eleven didn't believe. Finally, Jesus appeared to the eleven.
Really? I told you I would rise from the dead. Several times. I rose from the dead. I sent messengers. You still don't believe. What should I do with you?
I wonder what I would do. I'd probably give up on the guys.
What did Jesus do? He sent them to tell the whole world. He said the disciples adond those who believed would receive divine protection. He didn't give up on them, but restored them instead.
We can and should take great courage from Jesus' treatment of his disciples. They were a despairing and faithless lot. Yet they had a purpose, a divine purpose. By the power of the Holy Spirit these men brought the good news of Jesus with them wherever they went. Some, many, believed, though not all.
Jesus fulfilled his promise in his disciples. He still fulfills his promises in us. We too can carry the good news that Jesus is victorious over death everywhere we go. We too can know that in Christ we are eternally safe from all harm.
If this brief meditation was helpful to you, I hope you will check out the other materials on our website at www.WittenbergCoMo.com and consider supporting us.