“Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.” Mark 16:9-11
Have you ever been told something that was just unbelievable?
When I was in college, Dr. Scorpio, one of the professors in the chemistry department told us about how he’d been called in to help settle a case in which a student had been accused of cheating on a test.
The student hadn’t actually been caught cheating. In this case the evidence submitted against the student was that too much of the written answers on the test were worded exactly as the material was presented in the text book. You’d expect some similarity but to have every written answer absolutely word for word what was found in the text book was, in the thinking of the teacher, explainable only by cheating.
The student, however, protested his innocence, claiming that he had just written down what he remembered.
The teacher was disinclined to accept this answer because it seemed impossible that anyone could remember so much material verbatim.
Then someone suggested that he might have perfect recall or a photographic memory. This too seemed impossible. I mean we talk about this ability but how many people do you know that actually have perfect recall?
“Well, let’s test it,” someone suggested.
So they got a book they were certain the student had never seen before and told him to read. After several minutes they took the book, gave him paper and pen, and told him to write. After the student had filled a few pages they then compared what he had written with the text in the book and they were the same. The student claims were proven possible.
Sometimes things seem to be impossible. Jesus’ resurrection was one of those things for the disciples. But it was true nonetheless. What’s more, Jesus resurrection fit what he’d already demonstrated he could do. He’d healed all types of diseases. Restored sight, hearing, and mobility. Raised the dead. Evicted demons from the possessed. Commanded the winds and the waves. If he could do all that, how unreasonable is it for Jesus to do just what he said and rise up from the dead?
It’s not unreasonable at all. Jesus’ resurrection, while impossible for you and me, fits the pattern of what Jesus has proven is possible for him.