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Ron Writes

The Power of Unbelief

The Jewish leaders hated Jesus. It is often staggering as we read through the gospel the great extent of their hatred and rejection. It would ultimately lead to His death. Why do so many reject Jesus? Why do so many disbelieve Christianity?

It’s not for a lack of evidence. Jesus said, “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes” (Lk. 10:13). Page after page we read about the healings, the teachings, the transformation of lives that those in Jesus day actually witnessed. There was a special condemnation pronounced on them by Jesus because they refused even in the face of overwhelming evidence to believe.

After the resurrection Jesus showed himself numerous times. He invited them to “touch me”. They saw the scars on his head, his hands and feet. He ate with them, spoke with them and entered into rooms that were completely locked. It’s amazing that we read, “When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful” (Mt. 28:17). What? How could some be doubtful in the face of such evidence?

There is a power in unbelief and all the evidence in the world can’t overcome it. Jesus said they had seen incredible evidence, but they still wouldn’t believe. The real problem is that if they believed, they would have to give up their power and position. They would have to give up their right to self-determination. They wanted to be the ultimate authority to the point they wouldn’t even consider that Jesus was the Messiah.

The power of unbelief is strong. It’s easier to ignore the evidence than it is to believe. Believing has demands. Belief demands repentance and the forfeiture of any claims of self-determination. Belief acknowledges that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me” (Lk. 9:23).