The Twelve Disciples spent two to three years learning from Jesus. The best known Disciple was Peter – Matthew and John wrote the Gospels. They were hand picked by Jesus to teach and carry on His message. But if you study about the Disciples, they were ordinary men who sometimes didn’t get what Jesus was teaching, and didn’t always have the strongest faith.
When Jesus taught about unclean things coming from a man’s mouth, Peter didn’t get it, so Jesus replied “Are you so dull?” (Matthew 15:15-16)
Jesus taught that He must die and be raised on the third day, to which Peter replied, “Never Lord, this shall never happen to you!” Jesus answered, “Get behind me Satan, you are a stumbling block to me.” (Matthew 16:21-23)
Jesus told Peter that he will disown Him three times before the rooster crows, to which Peter replied, “I will never disown you”. Of course, Jesus was right. (Matthew 26:31-35)
When the other Disciples claimed Jesus arose, Thomas could not believe without proof. (John 20:24-29)
Some people doubt whether Jesus was the Son of God, and say He wasn’t really resurrected. Some claim that He ‘swooned’ and just awoke later, and some think the Disciples hid Jesus’ body.
The Disciples were the leaders of the early Christian church. Like any church leaders, I’m sure they were well respected and revered. But the Gospels portray them as fallible, sometimes clueless and short of faith. And two of the Gospel writers were Disciples themselves.
If Jesus’ death and resurrection were made up by the Disciples, I would think that they at least would have been portrayed better than they were. But the fact is, they were very much like ordinary people. To me that makes them more believable, people you can actually relate to.
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