But let us look at the these disciples. Competitive, presumptuous, argumentative, cowardly, prayerless, impatient, fleshly in their perception of the Kingdom. They deserted Jesus and fled from the Garden. Perhaps the seven saddest words in the Evangel:
And they all forsook him, and fled. (Mark 14:50)
I remember Presbyterian Peter Marshall (one-time chaplain of the U.S. Senate) making the following point in his bestseller "Mr. Jones, Meet the Master". These same men after the Resurrection appear fearless, mighty in prayer, bold in the face of hostile authorities, convicting in testimony, harmonious in purpose. In effect, newly made men, and at the front of the list Simon Peter. What could have caused the overwhelming change? Certainly not the death of their hero and the frustration of His every purpose.