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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Prior to Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples, Mary Magdalene had reported that she had seen the Lord. They didn’t believe her. Then Cleopis and his friend reported to those same disciples that they had walked and talked with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The disciples still didn’t believe. Finally, Jesus walked in on the disciples while they were having dinner, and rebuked them for their lack of faith after they heard their friends tell their eyewitness reports that Jesus was alive.
The power of this passage is not in Jesus’ rebuke of these men, but in the fact that these men finally did change. Not only did they change, but they also wholeheartedly believed that Jesus was the Messiah and thus that He is God. How can I be certain of this fact? Just drop down to the last verse of this chapter (v. 20). The Bible says that in time these same “Doubting Disciples” went out and preached “EVERYWHERE.” In fact, “Everywhere” meant the then known world! Whether you have “Great Faith” or “No Faith,” God can turn things around for you today. Just pray with me right now this short prayer … “Oh Lord I feel like I just can’t believe, but with Your help I will open my heart to You right now.” Now wait … I believe that shortly you will go from … “Almost No Faith to Greater Faith.”
I thank You today that You have helped me believe. Thanks to You, I have a Greater Faith. Amen