／Evelyn O. Shih
In Matthews 16:21, "From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."
If we continue to look up other scriptures, we will find out that every time our Lord talked about His death, He ended with His resurrection. Unfortunately, as soon as the disciples heard 'death', they closed up their ears and didn't pay any attention to the words after that.
Death is truly a shocking word! There's nothing else to say after that. It's the end. Also, people tend to be negative, in that it's easy to remember sad news and be inattentive to good news, especially when you don't expect anything good after death.
Suppose the disciples were attentive to the part of Lord's words that stated 'I'll be raised again the third day'. What a difference that would make! They would line up before the tomb the third day before dawn, waiting for the joyous and glorious moment. They irony is, instead, the chief priest and the Pharisees remembered, so they went to Pilate asking for soldiers to guard the tomb. I guess the Lord was lonesome when He was risen because He sighed; "O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken."
Yes, the bottom line is faith. The disciples couldn't believe that the person who had always been with them for three years was the Son of true God, the Lord of life. Even though they had seen Him raise three persons from death and had heard Him announce that "I an the life and resurrection', their personal experience couldn't overcome their doubtful thinking nor could it pierce their hearts.
Friends, don't blame the disciples too harshly. Some of us who are living now, two thousand years after His resurrection, still can't believe in the living Lord and the eternal life He'll give us.
The Lord sighs again; "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Let's all respond; "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."