Mark 16:14-16 – Believing without Seeing

Mark 16:14-16
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Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
-They saying “seeing is believing” and I think we would all agree that it is easier to wrap our minds around things that we have beheld with our own eyes.  The problem with that notion in regards to spiritual things is that it negates the whole idea of faith.  Here in Mark 16:14, Jesus scolds the disciples for not believing the eyewitness accounts of those who had seen Jesus immediately after He had resurrected.  The disciples may chalk it up to “seeing is believing”, but Jesus called it “unbelief and hardness of heart”.  This is very important to us because of what the Apostle John tells us in 1 John 1:1-3, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”  The same thing that Jesus expected of the disciples, He now expects of us; that we believe the eyewitness accounts that are recorded in scripture.  Now, just as then, it will be easier to believe the things that we have seen for ourselves, but that is why Jesus told Thomas, “because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
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