The count down to ascension day has begun. Can you imagine the mixed feelings that checked heavily on the disciples. Although ever so often, even in very plain language, the Lord had informed them of the impending advent of His death in the hands of sinners, the resurrection and the glories that would follow, nothing seems to have been adequate to prepare the disciples for what they’d just gone through. To see the one they’d held in high esteem dragged by the vilest of beings to an ultra shameful demise – stigmatized to the core. It had shaken them to their very foundations.
The news that he had risen were met with skepticism. Even the checking on the tomb was somewhat a low key event.
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things ( the news about His resurrection ) to the apostles. AND THIER WORDS SEEMED LIKE IDLE TALES, AND THEY DID NOT BELIEVE THEM. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.
How could this be? What could have caused the closest people to Jesus on earth to stoop so low as to doubt even the obvious facts that lay before them. He was not in the tomb and he had been seen alive by the women who, by the way, had no reason to lie about it.
Resurrection life and power are real and ready to benefit everyone who will take advantage of them through faith. We will do well to look into these things and intentionally untangle ourselves from the invisible yet very binding ropes of unbelief and its offspring.