As the events of Christ’s crucifixion unfold in Scripture we are left to wonder what happened to the ten disciples who ran from the Garden of Gethsemane upon His arrest. Peter followed afar off for some time but then he too vanished until Resurrection morning. Max Lucado in his book, “No Wonder They Call Him The Savior,” gives his thoughts as to how they all in their grief and shame eventually found their way back to the Upper Room. He writes,
“From all sections of the city they appeared. Too convicted to go home, yet too confused to go on. Each with a desperate hope that it had all been a nightmare or a cruel joke…
“It certainly was an awkward position in which to be. Caught on that uneven ground between failure and forgiveness. Suspended somewhere between “I can’t believe I did it” and “I’ll never do it again.” Too ashamed to ask for forgiveness, yet too loyal to give up. Too guilty to be counted in, but too faithful to be counted out.
“I guess we’ve all been there. I dare say that all of us have witnessed our sandcastle promises swept away by the pounding waves of panic and insecurity. I imagine that all of us have seen our words of promise and obedience ripped into ribbons by the chainsaw of fear and fright. And I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t done the very thing he swore he would never do. We’ve all walked the streets of Jerusalem.”
In Mark16:7 we read of the angel of the Lord speaking to the women who had come early to the tomb and found Jesus gone, “But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee: there shall ye see Him, as He said unto you.” The ten who had run, especially including the one who had denied Him thrice whom the angel named specifically, were being summoned by the Savior. Remember how Peter could not wait for the boat to reach the shore of Galilee, jumping in to swim the distance that separated him from Jesus preparing breakfast on the beach? Peter knew forgiveness awaited him and the other disciples the moment he saw Jesus.
No wonder they called Him Savior!