John Lesson 24 Day 5 Peter’s Denial

Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions Lesson 24 Day 5

Peter denies he knows Jesus.

All four Gospel accounts record that Peter denied Jesus three times. See Matthew 26:69-75, Mark 14:66-72, Luke 22:55-62, and John 18:18-27

11.  Peter forgot Jesus’ warning until after his denial.

Peter and the others fell asleep and failed to pray after Jesus told them, “Pray continually that you will not give in to temptation.” Luke 22:40 (NLT)

Again after he found them asleep “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” Luke 22:46 (NLT)

When the soldiers arrested Jesus, Peter followed from a distance. (Matthew 26:58, Mark 14:54, and Luke 22:54) Yet, the high priest knew John, and the doorkeeper allowed him to enter the palace with Jesus. John later brought Peter inside to witness the proceedings (John 18:16). John wasn’t in danger due to his association with Jesus. Perhaps Peter was afraid because he attacked the high priest’s servant. As it turned out, Peter was anxious for nothing.

(Note on John 18:17) Just minutes before, Peter was willing to take on a whole band (John 18:3) of soldiers (John 18:10). But then here, he was afraid of a servant girl. I suspect that when Jesus told Peter to put his sword up (John 18:11), Peter became confused. He was willing to fight to the death with natural weapons, but he didn’t know how to use spiritual weapons.  Andrew Wommack

While the former and current high priests questioned Jesus, Peter hung out with the wrong crowd. “Because it was cold, the household servants and the guards had made a charcoal fire. They stood around it, warming themselves, and Peter stood with them, warming himself.” John 18:18 (NLT)

12.  When others challenged my faith

Many times I wish I’d spoken up and said something—anything—but I didn’t know what to say. Sometimes I kept silent to avoid feeling embarrassed or uncool.

I did speak up in biology class when the teacher taught evolution as if it was a fact and not a theory. I defended God as the creator of the universe.  As a ninth grader, I wasn’t eloquent. I’m still not. Even though the teacher belittled my opinion, I felt confident.

My former husband was one of those controlling deacons you hear about—a modern-day Pharisee. When I pressed in for a close relationship with Jesus, he made my life miserable. At times, I got so worn down out of fear and rejection, I’d relent in my pursuit. I’d tell myself, “I have no choice”, but then I felt ashamed and lonely. Then one day, I determined, “no turning back.” Jesus is worth it all.

13.  The other three Gospels treat Peter’s denial as a separate event.

Even though Jesus had his own trial to deal with, he heard the rooster crow, knew exactly where Peter stood and turned to look at him at the very moment of his third denial.

In John’s account, we know why Jesus happened to be in the courtyard. Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas following Jesus’ disrespectful response which provoked a violent slap in the face.

From Luke’s account, we know about an hour elapsed between the second and third time Peter denied Christ.

Can we learn from this event that Jesus is there at our weakest moments? If only Peter looked around for Jesus before he spoke. If only we remembered to look for Jesus’ eyes and cry, “help”!

Thankfully, Peter is a shining example of redemptive grace.

Peter became a pillar of the New Testament church (“Cephas,” Galatians 2:9). Surely the fact that someone who had sinned so badly could become one of the foremost leaders of Christ’s body was a testimony to all who had ears to hear.  (Andrew Wommack)


14.  Peter’s greatest failure is recorded in all four Gospels!

I’m so thankful my greatest failures aren’t public knowledge. I’d rather be remembered like Mary the sister of Lazarus—for the extravagant act of worship.

Jesus’ protective love for the disciples.

I’ve never noticed how much Jesus focused on protecting the disciples. I think it’s because I usually read through the New Testament beginning with Matthew. Since John is the last gospel, I don’t notice the differences. Good lesson.

MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 24 Day 5 ~ John 18:13-27