The Witness of Others…
Two other witnesses saw the resurrected Jesus, but still, the disciples did not believe:
After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. -Mark 16:12-13, NAB
The Gospel of St. Luke has a more detailed version of this story (see Luke 24:13-35). The two disciples were making their way along the road when Jesus appeared to them. At first, like Mary Magdalene, they did not recognize Jesus either. Once they did, they ran back to tell the others – only to find the same audience as Mary Magdalene.
How many witnesses does it take? The disciples had now heard from multiple people that Jesus had risen. It’s not surprising that they did not believe a formerly demon-possessed woman, but now, two more witneses had come forward. Would the disciples still choose not to believe?
Are you a believer? How many witnesses and testimonies did it take for you to have a conversion of heart? Living in West, the Christian culture is all around us, yet many still do not believe. Often times, people need to experience something on their own to believe it, but that does not mean that we should stop witnessing and sharing our story with others.
As you give your witness, remember when others witnessed to you. Some may brush it off. Others may push back a bit. Still others will pretend not to hear or understand a word you’re saying. Eventually, though, you will give your witness to that one person, and it WILL make a difference. That’s what witnessing is all about.
Continue giving your witness – your love of Christ – to the world around you. Some will buy it; some won’t. No matter who chooses to believe or not to believe, we are called to share our faith, our testimonies, and our love for Christ with the world. Continue to be a witness for Christ. No one else may notice, but He will.