Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Mark 16:12 Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country. 13 These returned and reported it to the rest; but they did not believe them either.


This particular encounter was recorded in Luke 24:13-35 and involved two disciples walking on the road to the village of Emmaus. They are joined by a third man who reveals himself as Christ after explaining how prophecy after prophecy was fulfilled in the circumstances of his death and resurrection.


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.


In Luke 24:36-49, Jesus miraculously appears to the Eleven to convince them that he has indeed risen from the dead. John 20:19-29 details two separate incidents where Christ actually materializes within locked rooms to demonstrate that he is alive. All told, the New Testament records that Jesus appeared to more than 500 witnesses before returning to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:6).


The resurrection is a reality. A man who was brutally tortured and executed has been raised from the dead. But there is more to the story. The real miracle is that the Son of God stepped into our shoes to bear the penalty for our crimes against God.


To a man, each of the Eleven, though initially skeptical, will pour out their lives testifying about their risen Lord.


Prayer: Jesus, purge any lingering skepticism in my heart. Replace the tyranny of doubt with the freedom of faith. Let my witness be compelling in both word and deed so that my life may be a living sacrifice to your glory. Amen.

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