“For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” – Deut. 30:11-14
When Jesus rose from the grave, He revealed Himself to some who were closest to Him. He first appeared to Mary Magdalene and she went and told the others, but they did not believe. He appeared to other disciples as well but when they told others, they did not believe either. Then He appeared before the eleven disciples who followed Him the closest and the Bible tells us that He rebuked them for their unbelief.
The disciples were having a rough time. Think about it! Their Savior was just murdered and buried. They didn’t understand fully what was happening and the Bible tells us they were sorrowful and mourning. So, you would think Jesus would have comforted them rather than rebuked them. If we were there at this time, I would imagine we would be doubtful too.
The reason Jesus rebuked them for their unbelief is because they doubted His word and they did not stand on His promises. They forgot what He said! Remember what He said in Mark 14:28? He told His disciples “But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee” and that is exactly where He showed up. Yet, they forgot His words and were sorrowful.
His words are not too far away from us. They are not too hard to understand. He puts them right before us to trust in Him. Many times, however, we are much like the disciples here. Are you worried about a great many things and forget to stand on His promises to pull you through this life? Today, may you remember His word, He is risen!