BELIEVING WITHOUT SEEING
After His resurrection, Christ could have appeared to all the Jews;
that would have been a spectacle. But it is not God's way.
Christ did not show Himself. "Blessed are they who believe yet
do not see." Believing without seeing is preferred to belief
with seeing. The Jews heard and saw Christ. By His
ascension, He had only around 500 disciples. But after His
resurrection the apostles converted people by the thousands; these
are those who believe without seeing.
After the resurrection, even the apostles saw Christ once in a while
compared to before when Christ was always with them. When He
appeared to the two disciples on their way to Emmaus, Christ hid His
true identity. Mary Magdalene thought He was the gardener.
All these show Christ preparing His followers to believe without
The teachings of Christ and His commands are difficult to
understand. Whenever He taught, Scriptures tells us "they did
not understand." Christ wants us first to obey His commands,
even those that are seemingly impossible. After we obey, then
we shall understand. We must first obey without seeing the
reason for it; then we shall understand. The obedience even
when we do not understand is the faith Christ speaks about.