November 11, 2010
The Master rebuked the eleven disciples for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene (16:9), then to two disciples on the road (Mark 16:12, Luke 24:13-35). Three testimonies were given to the disciples, but still they did not believe. It would be understandable if it was only one testimony, but Christ game them three. The Master gave ample evidence for his resurrection.
Perhaps, like Jesus, the saint must be one who gives ample evidence for his spiritual resurrection, for the fact that he really has been regenerated by God. The saint must understand that genuine regeneration is far more than lip service. Ample evidence must be presented in the lifestyle of the child of God.
When the unbeliever begins deriding the saint for believing in that which they do not see, the saint should respond in the same way Jesus did in John 10:32. Christ said, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”. Likewise, the saint must cite the proof of resurrection in their own life. Pointing at the fruit, the evidence of their regeneration, they must ask, “For which of my good deeds do you make fun of me, a believer?”
The saint must give ample evidence for their spiritual resurrection through Christ, lovingly rebuking those who still refuse to believe.