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Originally posted by jmdewey60
reply to post by NOTurTypical
At this point they were afraid and ran away.
I don't think you are paying close attention. His followers sure didn't fear the cross, they nearly fought eachother to be first in line to die in the same manner their Lord did as martyrs, they SANG HYMNS as they carried their crosses or while they were covered in tar and burned as street lights in Rome. Peter requested to be crucified upside down and it was granted to him.
Peter mustered up courage to approach the area where Jesus had been taken, but when confronted, backed down from being associated with Jesus.
Your mention that the disciples were later glad to die when they were old has no relevance to their thoughts on the night of Jesus' arrest.
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