Some Doubters

Thursday, Jan. 8

Do you like puzzles? Here’s one for you. When Jesus met with the eleven disciples in Galilee just before His ascension into heaven Matthew records that “some doubted” (Mt. 28:17). What did they doubt? Commentaries have a variety of tentative suggestions: 1) The “some” might be other people than the eleven disciples. Wiersbe even suggests that this could have been the occasion where more than 500 were present. 2) Jesus perhaps looked different than before the resurrection. He had a “resurrection” body. Mary didn’t immediately recognize Him right after the resurrection, nor did the two men on the road to Emmaus. And the disciples thought He was a ghost at one point.
3) Except for Wiersbe, the commentators agree that the doubting was not about whether Jesus was raised from the dead. 4) The Greek word for “doubt” here really means “hesitant.” The word “doubt” is too strong. I wonder if the doubting has to do with their assignment to go into all the world to preach the gospel. I didn’t find a commentary that suggested this. Plus the Great Commission seems to come after the note about their doubting. I would relish hearing from you on this.
Do you like puzzles? Here’s one for you. When Jesus met with the eleven disciples in Galilee just before His ascension into heaven Matthew records that “some doubted” (Mt. 28:17). What did they doubt? Commentaries have a variety of tentative suggestions: 1) The “some” might be other people than the eleven disciples. Wiersbe even suggests that this could have been the occasion where more than 500 were present. 2) Jesus perhaps looked different than before the resurrection. He had a “resurrection” body. Mary didn’t immediately recognize Him right after the resurrection, nor did the two men on the road to Emmaus. And the disciples thought He was a ghost at one point.
3) Except for Wiersbe, the commentators agree that the doubting was not about whether Jesus was raised from the dead. 4) The Greek word for “doubt” here really means “hesitant.” The word “doubt” is too strong. I wonder if the doubting has to do with their assignment to go into all the world to preach the gospel. I didn’t find a commentary that suggested this. Plus the Great Commission seems to come after the note about their doubting. I would relish hearing from you on this.

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