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You remember those hand-picked lieutenants of Jesus -- the apostles? Jesus chose them to carry on his mission. And that's just what they were doing when the Gospels were composed. They were the leaders , preachers, and teachers of the early Christian movement. James, the older brother of John, had already died a martyr's death in A.D. 44. Legendary Heroes How do you expect these men to be portrayed in the Gospel narratives? If it's a made-up story, one thing we can be sure of, Jesus and his apostles will be the heroes. Bear in mind that myth-makers don't waste time on half-way measures; that would just befuddle the story. The heroes, Jesus and associates, should look and act the part of true champions. Sanitized Characters But what if they didn't make up the story? Let's just say that the Gospel authors took the real characters and cleaned them up a bit, rounding off the rough edges so that they would appeal to potential converts. 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Let's take a look. Gospels Reveal Flawed Apostles Prone to Violence and Selfishness We find James and John, Jesus calls them the "Sons of Thunder," wanting to rain fire from heaven down on a particular Samarian village which wouldn't receive Jesus. Jesus said, "No." (Luke 9:53-55) Later these same two brothers requested preferential treatment for themselves in the coming Kingdom. (Mark 10:37) That didn't go over well with the rest of the apostles. Pride Still later, Jesus found his disciples arguing among themselves about which one of them was the greatest. (Mark 9:33-34) Of course, the Gospel writers could have remained silent about these indiscretions. We would have been none the wiser , and the apostles wouldn't have looked tarnished. But they didn't do that. Fearful What else do Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John tell us about Jesus' hand-picked apostles? They are not always the hero type. In fact, we often find them in fear of one thing or another. They feared the storm. So they woke Jesus up and he calmed the sea. (Mark 4:37-39) When they saw Jesus walking on water, they thought he was a ghost and cried out in fear. (John 6:18-20) Remember Peter wanted to walk on water too, but he began to fear the wind and waves, and he started to sink. (Matthew 14:30) Those are disappointments, but the real disappointments were yet to come. We meet them in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus' enemies arrested him there, and the apostles fled in fear. (Matthew 26:47-56) Then Peter denied he knew Jesus three times. (John 18:17-27) Yes, it was all prophesied ahead of time, and yes [url=]nike free flyknit canada , they were fulfilling scriptures. Nonetheless, it was a black day for the apostles in more ways than one. And they knew it. Sunday evening we find Jesus' disciples hiding in a house with doors locked, afraid the Jews might be coming for them next. (John 20:19) It's not an inspiring picture. But it is realistic. Let's give credit where credit is due. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John appear to be telling us exactly what happened; let the chips fall where they may. Lacking in Faith Other flaws surface too. The disciples ran across a demon possessed man who is having a seizure. Jesus says matter-of-factly, they didn't have enough faith to cast out the demon. (Matthew 17: 9-20) That lack of faith was to resurface later in a shocking way. They had little faith in Jesus himself. Jesus told his disciples time after time he was going to Jerusalem. There he would suffer and die. Then on the third day he would rise from death. He didn't just give his followers a broad outline of things to come. Jesus filled in the details. He told them exactly what would happen, from his betrayal, to his sentence of death, to his flogging, to his crucifixion, on to his resurrection. (Matthew 16:21) (Matthew 17:23) (Matthew 20:19) (Luke 9:22) (Luke 24:7) Somehow or another , his disciples didn't catch on. They either couldn't comprehend, or didn't believe, or both. Don't forget now, Jesus was their master, and Peter had already confessed him as the Son of God. So why they didn't take Jesus at his word strikes us as curious. But the story becomes more curious as it goes along. Jesus did go to Jerusalem. He was betrayed, (Matthew 26:45) tried by the Jews (Mark 14:53-64), condemned (Mark 14:65), and handed over to Roman soldiers who in turn beat him, abused him, and crucified him. (Mark 15:16-24) Can you imagine one of the apostles keeping a list of Jesus' prophesies and checking them off one by one as they happened? On Sunday morning after the crucifixion, the list would look like this: [x] Going to Jerusalem (Yes, we did that. Check that one off.) [x] Son of Man betrayed to chief priest and teachers of law (Yes that happened) [x] They will condemn him to death. (That's what they did.) [x] They will turn him over to the gentiles. (Yeah [url= flyknit lunar 3 canada , they did that too.) [x] [x] [x] The gentiles will mock, flog, and crucify Jesus. (Yes, yes, yes, they did all

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