[9] Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. [10] She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. [11] But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

[12] After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. [13] And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

[14] 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.

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You have friends that you trust, right? I mean like really close friends that you’d believe anything they said? You’d always take their side in a fight? You’d always side with them if things got unbelievable?

Yeah, tell that to the disciples.

On Easter morning, nobody could believe that Jesus was risen from the dead. You can only imagine that the guys had their opinions of Mary. She had demons cast out of her, for goodness sake! Now this ‘back from the dead’ story?! I don’t know about that.

Then those guys that walked all of the way to Emmaus and then turned around and came right back to say that Jesus was alive! They didn’t believe those guys either.

With this track record, we can have patience when we talk about Jesus to people and they don’t believe us. We can have confidence and trust the Lord’s timing when we tell our testimonies and people give us that look or even say out loud: I don’t know about that.

Jesus wants to make Himself known to every person. Sometimes in hidden villages He shows up in dreams. Previously unknown, people begin talking about the same dream they’ve had about a man rescuing them from death. It’s true. There are numerous stories of Jesus saving people that have never seen a Christian in person as He shows up in their dreams and visions.

But sometimes He brings people to us face to face. We have a chance to share the hope and grace we’ve found, and they don’t believe it. That’s ok. Mary didn’t change her message and those guys fresh back from Emmaus didn’t change their minds about Who they talked to on the road.

Doubters are as present on Easter as resurrection, but resurrection wins.

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