Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. (Mathew 26:56, NIV 1984).
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NIV 1984).
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – They had been with Jesus for three years, had been taught much but did not yet fully understand. The power of the cross and His resurrection not yet fully realized. So they deserted Him, fled and went into hiding in fear. That was Friday night.
Then came Sunday morning and realization began to sink in. Fifty days later realization was empowered as the Holy Spirit came upon them. With it came the courage that was lacking that Friday night. No longer confused and in fear of what had happened, but boldly proclaiming the Gospel message. Unschooled and ordinary men indeed. Schooled by the Son and given extraordinary courage by the Spirit. Astonishing!
My Advice – Take time to be with Jesus and learn from Him. Be strong and courageous through the power of the Holy Spirit. People will take note and be astonished.