11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.
41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said
The Word of God has placed a HIGH priority and value on Believing. It is among the most important aspects of the life of the Christian "believer". The Disciples were constantly rebuked for their lack of faith by Jesus during His ministry. Here again He finds them not believing.
Another interesting thing we find here though is a phrase that is both awkward as it is profound:
...they still did not believe for joy, and marveled...
Believing is tied to joy. You cannot have joy if you don't believe. If you don't believe you will be a bystander and a marveler instead of a participant.
Who is responsible for your believing? YOU! Choose, as an act of your will and a quality decision to believe the truth, despite what you feel. Then take actions regarding it. Be like the man who said to Jesus:
"I believe Lord, help my unbelief!"
Darrell G. Wolfe