convinced

“‘No, father Abraham,’ [the rich man] said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ [Abraham] said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” – Matthew 16:30-31

You would think that a man resurrected from the dead would be enough to convince someone that they need to repent, but it is not. When I refer to a dead man, I’m not talking about a person that was revived after CPR and the use of a defibrillator. I’m talking about a man that has been dead for several days. His heart has stopped pumping life giving blood. The brain has received no oxygen for days and now lays cold against the skull – a useless organ. What would your reaction be if that person came back to life? You probably would experience the crumbling of so many false assumptions that you built your life on, such as the view that God is not real or God is distant. Yet others have this uncanny ability to shake off the disturbance in their heart of things unexplained. They march right on through life, hoping to separate themselves from the supernatural with each passing day. Jesus died then He was resurrected from the dead three days later. Still I know that many “will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”