“So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples-and everyone else-what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.”
Luke 24: 9-12
I shared with you yesterday how Tom & I had been going through an enormous struggle for four long years. Humanly speaking, there was nothing we could do to solve the problem and it looked as if the worst was about to happen because of it. At the last minute Jesus did what He does best….. He intervened with His solution and it was far better than anything we ever could have done or hoped for. We were mesmerized by His grace and mercy and found it hard to comprehend while standing in the darkness of the “real world” – where the trouble lived.
We learned the disciples experienced the same thing but on a much grander scale. We learned that just like we often do, they ALL had forgotten the promises Jesus had made to them. As the week of horrors began to happen they got caught up in the darkness of the moment. When it’s dark – it’s dark – and that is exactly when we must refer back to the promises made in the light.
Back in Luke 18:33 we see clearly the promise Jesus made that He would rise again on the third day. They had already learned that Jesus’ promise of problems had come true. Would they believe his promise of victory?
No. It’s just that simple. At that particular moment in time they did not believe.
They were hunkered down in the upper room, suffering from what they thought was the greatest defeat of their lives when the women who had gone to the tomb burst through the door with the incredible story of how Jesus was ALIVE! In Luke 24: 9-12 we read:
“So they rushed back from the tomb to tell his eleven disciples—and everyone else—what had happened. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and several other women who told the apostles what had happened. 11 But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it. 12 However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look. Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings; then he went home again, wondering what had happened.”
Verse 24:11 says the men thought the announcement by the women was foolishness. The Amplified Bible clarifies it even more saying they thought it was an “idle tale (madness, feigned things, nonsense) and they did not believe the women”. Ok gals, I could have some fun chasing that rabbit ☺ – but I won’t this time…. Just suffice it to say I plan on doing a little teasing to the 11 when I get to meet them – just like the little bit of teasin’ I’ve already given to Tom!
The facts are, the story was true whether the men believed or not. We do know that Peter wasn’t quite as certain about the foolishness of the women’s story because he went to check it out for himself. In short order they all found out it was true because once again, Jesus showed up – in the flesh. Verse 36 says this:
“And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them.
“Peace be with you”, he said.
See, I told you Jesus always keeps his promises, even when it seems too good to be true.
Your traveling companion,
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