Does Jesus show up for others but not for you?
Filled with fear and amazement, Mary Magdalene ran from the empty tomb to tell the others that an angel said Jesus was alive. As the disciples sat weeping over His death, they did not believe her.
Yet, they all rushed back to the tomb.
With tears streaming down her cheeks, Mary Magdalene stooped down to look inside the tomb, and as she turned to leave, she encountered a man, who asked, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
Assuming him to be the gardener, she asked him where he had laid the body of Jesus.
“Mary,” He whispered compassionately.
“Rabboni!” she gasped, recognizing a familiar voice, as she then fell at His feet in worship.
In Mary’s time of grieving and searching for Him, Jesus appeared to her.
Later that day, two followers of Jesus walked the road to Emmaus, bemoaning their disappointment to the stranger who joined them that the women who saw the empty tomb told the others, but the disciples doubted as to what happened to Jesus.
The stranger said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” (Luke 24:25-26 NKJV)
In their time of disappointment and doubt, Jesus appeared to them.
After recognizing the stranger was Jesus, the men returned to Jerusalem, filled with excitement, and found the others gathered together as Jesus had asked and began relaying the things that happened.
As they spoke, suddenly, Jesus appeared before them. “Peace to you,” He said.
Terrified and trembling, they thought they saw a ghost.
“‘Why are you frightened?’ he asked. ‘Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.’” (Luke 24:38-39 NLT)
In the disciples’ time of fear and doubt, Jesus appeared to them.
Thomas was the only disciple not there, so when the others told him Jesus was alive, he said, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” (John 20:25 NLT)
Eight days later, the disciples gathered again, this time Thomas joined them. Once more, Jesus appeared and said, “Peace to you!”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” (John 20:27 NLT)
“‘My Lord and my God!’ Thomas exclaimed.” (John 20:28 NLT)
Then Jesus said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.” (John 20:29 Msg)
In Thomas’ time of lack of faith and doubting, Jesus was there.
Jesus DOES show up! At the precise moment necessary.
God will always show up when you believe! And sometimes, even when you don’t. But your faith makes His appearance a greater probability.
Better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.
In your times of grieving, searching, disappointments, fears, lack of faith, and doubting…
Jesus will show up for you and say, “Peace to you!”