Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand... Do you not yet understand?
They all left Him and fled.
When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.
I once thought it strange that Christ's disciples, the eye-witnesses to His miracles, the hearers of the Truth from His Own Mouth, the men who lived with Him for three whole years, could so often and easily forget what they had seen, heard and experienced.
Yes, they showed brave and resilient faith, but the Lord let us glimpse their human side: the side each one of us has to battle. 'For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other' (Galatians 5:17, NIV).
If I dare to look clearly at myself, I glimpse the very same forgetfulness:
* I forget the Words I've read many times.
* I forget to choose faith instead of doubt.
* I forget my blessings and benefits.
* I forget this earth is passing away.
* I forget to act like I'm a Christian...
Perhaps forgetfulness is why we need day-by-day communion with our Savior. 'Give us each day our daily bread' (Luke 11:3, NIV). Since we know Jesus is 'The Bread of life' (John 6:35, NIV), we can find Him in prayer, in Spirit, in His Word, in worship and in true kin.
Because like the earliest disciples, we are called to heroic destinies.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.