In The Footsteps Of Jesus

A daily study of the Four Gospels and the life of Jesus


December 23 – Jesus Appeared to the Eleven

Mark 16:14 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. Today’s Reflection The followers had expected Jesus to transform the political landscape; they were believers in a movement that was circumscribed by the political forces of the moment. Jesus, they believed, would liberate Israel and return it to the glorious days of the kingdom of David. But now their leader had been captured and killed, and they had gone into hiding. It is not difficult to identify with their plight. By their own definition, they had lost everything and were threatened with capture and possible death. When Jesus appeared and rebuked them, he reminded them that the normal patterns did not apply, for his mission came from God and not from men. His mission was not to foment a political revolution, but to restore all mankind’s relationship with God. At this moment of turmoil and apparent defeat, God’s divine mission was almost impossible for them to grasp.


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