And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”- Matthew 26:37 – 38
This isn’t a Salvation idea, it’s not one to get hung up on. But I’ve pondered over the last few days why Jesus took these three to be with Him while he was grieved of soul. Certainly, I would think, that I’d want to take my mom, or another comforting fellow along.
But He chose, as His companions, during this most stressful time, to take along the sons of Thunder and the most outspoken man of His following.
From all of my reading in other commentaries of the disciples, I gather that Peter spent a bit of time with his foot in his mouth. He spoke up when he probably should have remained silent. Yet, Jesus saw him as his closest friend. He was a man after God’s heart like Daniel.
As for the Sons of Thunder, many scholars believe they were zealots. Hot tempered and ready for a scrap.
All I can gather from His choice (at this present time) is that He loves the ornery. The wayward. Those of strong spirit and a tendency to be outspoken (if even at times wrong).
He loves the ornery, the rowdy, and those of a wayward spirit. Isn’t that cause for rejoicing?