The recent passages including todays reading, tells an awesome story including all kinds of different emotions. The people during this time would have experienced feelings of fear, anger, sadness, joy, disgust, trust, anticipation, surprise, remorse, disapproval, acceptance, submission, love, grief, amazement, terror, optimism, and probably many more.
I wondered once again after reading this, what would my reaction and feelings have been? Would I have been a doubting Thomas upon hearing of His resurrection? Could this really happen? Would I have thought that the guards did something with His body? Would I have believed the guards saying that it was the disciples who took Jesus' body? Or would I have been overwhelmed with joy and excitement that I would have wanted to tell others? Out of these questions, I know what I hope my response would have been. But then, do I have that response today?
"Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it." Mark 16:20
This command was not just given to the disciples, but to all believers. The verse says that they preached everywhere. But I really like the second half of this verse. It says that the Lord worked with them, and that the words spoken were confirmed by signs that followed.
It is reassuring to know that when we are executing God's plan, He is with us.
"Then Jesus told him, 'Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29