The Disciples ran away in fear from the Garden of Gethsemane, all except Peter. They went to a safe place and waited together, too frightened to leave. They were devastated by the authorities finally catching up with Jesus and appalled to know Judas had betrayed them all.
The other followers of Jesus must have been stunned by what had happened when the news spread of Jesus arrest. Some people had seen Jesus as a wise teacher but others hoped he would be the rebel leader who would rise up and free them from a life under Roman rule.
The eleven Disciples, hiding together behind locked doors, were filled with the fear they would be arrested next. They would have cried and mourned the loss of Jesus and suffered the intolerable pain and numbness bereaved people feel. But they also feared about themselves as self preservation took hold. The Disciples stayed hidden from Thursday night to Sunday and only came out when Mary came to tell them the good news of Jesus coming back to life.
Jesus’ enemies were no doubt celebrating and gloating after what they believed was a successful execution. But little did they realise the incredible significance of this execution because they had never bothered to listen to Jesus’ words. The crucifixion was only the beginning not the end.
“(Jesus) said ‘we’re going to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die. Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”
Matthew 20. 17-19