In this Bible lesson from Mark, two believers saw the risen Jesus.
But, the disciples didn’t believe them.
In this study, we’ll learn, in order to share Christ, we first have to know Him ourselves.
The disciples knew Jesus personally, spent three years with Christ foretelling what was going to take place — but, they still did not believe.
But, they will! They finally see the risen Christ for themselves in this episode of the Easter story.
Jesus Appears to Disciples – Continuing the Easter Story
“Now after that, He appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking along on their way to the country.
And they went away and reported it to the rest, but they did not believe them, either.
The Disciples Commissioned
Later He appeared to the eleven disciples themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reprimanded them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen from the dead.” – Mark 16:12-14 (NASB)
Disciples See the Risen Christ
Suppose someone you knew died. You attended the funeral, and then someone told you they saw the deceased at a restaurant.
Would you believe them?
This question puts the situation of the risen Christ into perspective for the disciples.
It was incomprehensible that Jesus could be alive after being crucified (the Romans were very good at putting people to death).
Knowing – Knowing of
Of course you’ve heard of Jesus.
No doubt, just about everyone who lives in civilization has.
But, only knowing about Him is not the same as really knowing Him.
In order to become a Christian, we must be willing to believe that…
- Christ died on the cross,
- He was buried,
- and He arose on the 3rd day to save us from sin.
Simply put, there is no way we can possess the motivation to share the good news with others until we have a personal relationship with the Savior.
Let’s trust Him so we can be saved by Him.
Love in Christ
If you have never made the commitment to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 to learn more.