I had always assumed the disciples were about Jesus' age. But here are James and John in their daddy's boat fixing nets. Simon was, perhaps, a bit more grown-up because he was fishing solo. But would responsible men just ditch their livelihoods to follow a mystery rabbi?You’re missing out if you don’t read it all.
Last night I watched Akira, and this morning I'm wondering whether the disciples were more like a motorbike gang, with Jesus being something like a hip university professor who is trying to straighten them out. So he calls Simon "Rocky", knowing his huge ego needs a cool nickname; he gives John a cuddle every so often, knowing that John's poetic soul needs a lot of authoritarian approval. This would explain why the disciples always look like such numb nuts. If they are ten years younger than Jesus, then that puts their relationship in a whole new light. . . .
So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them: "I'm here to introduce you to this God.... He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him!" ~Acts 17