Mark 14:61-62 (NLT)
61 But Jesus was silent and made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Mark 16:12-15 (NLT)
12 Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers who were walking from Jerusalem into the country. 13 They rushed back to tell the others, but no one believed them.
14 Still later he appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating together. He rebuked them for their stubborn unbelief because they refused to believe those who had seen him after he had been raised from the dead.
Isn’t that like us humans? I’m in some discourse with some non-believers and it’s amazing what they hold to be true, how thick the scales on their eyes are, how hard their hearts are. That’s to be expected, but what about us who do believe? After all that’s been done, the disciples still didn’t believe until Christ came back to slap them upside the head. I resemble that remark far to often.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)
5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Be in the world but not of it, secure in the knowledge that Christ is who he says he is, his teachings are true, his love is powerful and pure. He’s an amazing Lord.