John Lesson 23 Day 4

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John Lesson 23 Day 4

Peter denies Jesus

John 18:15-18

10. a. Peter in the high priest’s courtyard

In the Mount of Olives, Peter embarrassed himself. and Jesus commanded him to put his sword away when he swung his sword at Malchus.

When Jesus was arrested, Simon Peter and another disciple followed. Since the high priest knew the other disciple he went into the courtyard with Jesus and the high priest. Peter stood outside by the door.

“Most believe that the other disciple was John himself, who had previous connections with the high priest and his household.” ( The fact that John mentions Malchus name could be another indication.

Then “the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in.”

b. Peter questioned (John 18:17-18)

The servant girl asked Peter, “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples also, are you?”

“The also means that John was already known to her as a disciple of Jesus. “The servant-girl presumably knew the ‘other disciple’ to be a follower of Jesus, and when she saw him bringing in Peter, she said, in effect: ‘Oh no, not another!’” (Bruce)

This question and answer may have taken place at the door.

Peter replied, “I am not.”  (This is the first time Peter denied Jesus.)

It was a cold night, and the servants, officials and Peter stood or stayed around a fire to keep warm.

11. Jesus and Peter

Jesus allowed Judas to go and do what he had to do—lead the soldiers and temple guards to arrest him.

He did not resist or argue. “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” Is 53:7 ESV

Peter fought back, resisted, and denied that he was Jesus’ disciple.

Cutting of the servant’s right ear—”It has been noted (but not proved) that this meant Peter, holding the sword in his right hand, must have attacked the high priest’s servant from behind, because it would be near impossible to cut off his right ear if he was facing the servant Malchus. It is entirely possible that Peter deliberately chose a non-solider, and attacked him from behind. This was not a shining display of courage.” (

12. Relating to Peter

I would have been overwhelmed and likely frozen in place. I certainly would not fight or attack anyone.

Whatever Jesus said to do, I would do it. He knew what was about to happen and remained in control, yielding to arrest. How comforting to know Jesus was not terrified.

Certainly, I would have felt bewildered, because none of us really understood what Jesus was trying to prepare us for.

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