We have reached our final lesson in The Life of Jesus series. Thank you for following along on this long journey.
I often wonder why Jesus only appeared privately to his followers. Why not reappear on Pilate’s judgment porch? Why not make a sudden appearance before the Sanhedrin showing Himself for who He really was? Would not that witness have convinced all the Jews instead of just a few? That was not Jesus’ way. Jesus did not then nor does He now force Himself onto unbelievers. Instead He told Thomas this:
John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
But for His disciples, He made His identity so obvious no disciple could ever deny Him again. Jesus overwhelmed their faith—they had no reason not to believe. However, He calls us more blessed because we believe even though we have not seen Him.
The miracle of resurrection changed these fearful and unreliable followers into men who turned their world upside down. No more would they hide behind closed doors. They would be imprisoned for preaching Jesus in the temple and then after miraculous deliverance from prison, and despite the threat of death if they did so, they went right back to the temple to preach.
Remember that word irreversible? Well, God took care of that word. It is no fairy tale, although we like to hear stories where everyone lived happily ever after. This is a story that has a happy ending. God is not satisfied with the bad and sad way of living of this earth. He offers a happy ending to all of His children.