Scripture tells us that Jesus didn’t just reveal himself to people like Mary Magdalene and the Emmaus disciples—people who were on their own and locked in their grief. It tells us that he appeared to all eleven apostles as a group, to a few apostles on a fishing boat, and to more than five hundred followers at once (1 Corinthians 15:6). These must have been joyous, happy occasions, a combination family reunions and miraculous revelations of God’s power and redemption.
But in the midst of joyous events like these, Jesus still went in search of the confused and the dispirited. For instance, he invited...
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