“Courage, Good Intentions & Failure Under Pressure”
John 18:15-27 The Great High Priest led before the Jewish High Priest
Peter follows after Jesus – The difference in the accounts.
1. Matthew and Mark both record that all the disciples ran away after Jesus arrest and that Peter dispersed with them but then turned and followed the mob at a distance.
2. Luke just says that Peter followed at a distance.
3. Our text says, “And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple.” (vs.15) So the question becomes, What other disciple? Who did John know about that no one else did?
_____________________________________________________________________________ Because of this difficulty the 2nd school of thought proposes that the one mentioned by John was another disciple, but not of the twelve, such as Nicodemus, who was present at the trial of Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea is also mentioned as a possibility. Whoever this disciple was he was known to the High Priest and even had recognition with the staff at his home. He spoke to the woman who was the doorkeeper and she allowed Peter to enter.
The home of the High Priest – ____________________________________________________
1. Peter is allowed in the outer courtyard and the “disciple” returns to the inner court where Jesus is standing before Annas.
2. Verse 18 lets us know that this was still an official setting because the “servants and officers” were still there, standing around a “fire of coals”. So the people who had been part of the mob who came to arrest Jesus are standing right next to Peter. _____________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ The woman who kept the gate may have had a torch when he entered, thus her question in verse 17, “You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?” Peter’s answer is also his first denial, “I am not.”
Now the scene shifts to Jesus, where our focus should be as often as we are able. Verse 19 says that Annas asked about Jesus disciples and His doctrine. ______________________________ Jesus is a great model of how beautiful the truth is when you live it. “I spoke openly”. “I always taught in synagogues and in the temple”. “In secret I have said nothing”.
Verse 21 captures the real point of this process. “Ask those who have heard Me”. ________
____________________________________________________________________________ Those who arrested Jesus were prepared for trouble and now we see the first act of violence against Him, verse 22: “One of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand”. _____________________________________________________________________
Now John switches back to the outer court and Peter warming by the fire. What a sad scene this is. ______________________________________________________________________
When Luke recounts this final scene it is truly heartbreaking. “But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ Immediately, while he was still speaking the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:60-62
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