When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, his disciples witnessed the events that followed. Peter even drew his sword and struck a servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
But as Jesus was taken away, something happened to his followers. They scattered.
The Scattering of the Disciples
According to the Gospel accounts, all of Jesus’ disciples fled when he was arrested. Matthew 26:56 says, “Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.” Mark 14:50 adds that one young man even ran away naked when he was seized by Roman soldiers.
It’s clear from these verses that none of the disciples remained by Jesus’ side during his trial and crucifixion. But why did they scatter
Fear for their Lives
One reason may have been fear for their own safety. The Jewish leaders were already seeking to have Jesus killed, so it’s possible that they would have wanted to eliminate his followers as well. By scattering, the disciples may have been trying to save themselves from persecution or even death.
Disappointment and Confusion
Another reason for their scattering could be disappointment and confusion over what was happening. The disciples had been following Jesus for years and believed he was the Messiah who would save Israel from oppression. When he was arrested and put on trial, their hopes were dashed.
In addition, they may not have fully understood what Jesus meant when he talked about his death and resurrection (Mark 9:31-32). They may have thought that this turn of events meant that their leader had failed in his mission.
After Jesus’ resurrection, he appeared to his disciples and restored their faith (John 20:19-23). They then went on to spread the message of the Gospel throughout the world.
Despite their initial scattering, Jesus’ disciples ultimately remained faithful and dedicated to spreading his message. Their experiences during Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion likely played a role in shaping their understanding of what it meant to follow Christ.
In conclusion, the scattering of Jesus’ disciples when he was arrested was likely due to fear, disappointment, and confusion. However, their faith was restored when they saw the risen Christ, and they went on to become some of the most important figures in Christian history.