YLT - 17 And having seen him, they bowed to him, but some did waver.
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Without using scripture, Joyce. We are carnal-minded as humans and the best example I can give to you for the doubt of the disciples would be this: It's Sunday and you have just attended a powerful, spirit filled message at church, you get into your car and get ready to pull out and head home, suddenly a person cuts you off, nearly side-swiping your car, and in an instant you become angry. And in that instant you have forgotten the entire sermon. But as you drive you compose yourself and acknowledge God for saving you from a near collision. We forget very quickly about spiritual things of Heaven, but Christ never did. If you will notice there are many scriptural reference pertaining to the quickness of life or end of life, or the coming of our Savior, and each one followed up by a common denominator: steadfastness. Remember, even after his disciples witnessed the feeding of the fishes and loaves they doubted Christ's ability to save them at sea.
My guess is they had all witnessed the brutal crucifixion, the centurion thrusting the spear into Christ's body. And the blood and water flowing out of His side. Keep in mind that when one is speared in the side, the spear penetrates one lung, then the heart and then the other lung. Could anyone ever survive this? No. Then they saw his dead body being carried off and being buried. For three days nothing happened, then all of a sudden, there was Jesus standing in front of them. If you recall, every time Jesus mentioned to His disciples in Luke 18:32-34 that "He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon.They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again,” they were thinking to themselves, "There He goes again not making any sense whatsoever" as proved in verse 34: "But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about." For some reason "the significance of His words was hidden from them." My favorite bible commentator, David Guzik had this to say about that: "Perhaps God did not open their eyes to this truth because they couldn’t handle it yet. If they really knew what would happen to Jesus, and how different it would be than their own conceptions of riding the coattails of the Messiah to glory, they might have given up right then and there." I find it rather comforting to find that the disciples were as confused and confounded about spiritual things as I am sometimes.
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