Friday, September 17, 2021
25 Meanwhile, Simon Peter was back at the fire, still trying to get warm. The others there said to him, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?”
He denied it, “Not me.”
26 One of the Chief Priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?”
27 Again, Peter denied it. Just then, a rooster crowed.
The King of the Jews
28-29 They led Jesus then from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning. They didn’t enter the palace because they didn’t want to be disqualified from eating the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and spoke. “What charge do you bring against this man?”
30 They said, “If he hadn’t been doing something evil, do you think we’d be here bothering you?”
-John 18:25-30 The Message
Peter Denies Knowing Jesus
Verse 25: Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.”
Verse 26: One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”
Verse 27: Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.
Verses 22-27 studies: There may be some cases that upset you based on how it was handled. True injustice of how it was handled. What was that for you? For me, it’s the Larry Nassar case, JFK assassination, the Rodney King case, and the Emmitt Till case. Jesus’ case was mishandled as well. Part of the reason is Peter, and other disciples denied him; they contributed to his pain (Matthew 26:56, 75). Since we are not like religious leaders, we are all disciples. All of us have been guilty at some point in our lives; denying the Lord is vital but kept a secret to identify ourselves as believers under pressure. Pointing the finger won’t help, especially when you believe their sins are worse than yours. Go to Jesus for forgiveness and healing.
Verse 25 study: According to the other three gospels, Peter’s denial of Jesus happened near a fire in the courtyard outside Caiaphas’ palace. John placed the first denial outside Annas’ home and the other two outside Caiaphas’ home, most likely in the same courtyard. The high priests’ residence was large; Annas and Caiaphas undoubtedly lived near each other.
Verses 25-27 studies: You standing outside while Jesus, your Lord, and Master, is being questioned. Meditate on watching him, which you have come to believe is the long-awaited Messiah, being physically abused and beaten. Peter was confused naturally. But it is a sin to deny Christ, but Jesus did forgive Peter (21:15-17). No sin is impossible for Jesus to overlook if you are repenting. He will forgive your sins if you repent and ask for his forgiveness.
Verse 27: Reminder that Peter would never deny Jesus (Mark 14:31, John 13:38).
Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate
Verse 28: Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Pretorium, and it was early; they did enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be corrupted but might eat the Passover.
Verse 28 study: Jewish law says that entering a house of a Gentile would cause a Jewish person to be ceremonially corrupted. They couldn’t take part in worship at the temple or celebrate the feasts until he was restored to a state of “cleanliness.” The men stayed outside the house where they had taken Jesus for trial because they feared being disgraced. They kept the formal requirements of their religion but did it while harboring murder and treachery in their hearts.
Verse 29: Therefore, Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”
Verse 29 study: The Roman governor, Pilate, was in charge of Judea, where Jerusalem was located, from A.D. 26 to 36. Pilate was unpopular with Jews because he raided the temple treasuries for money to build an aqueduct. He didn’t like Jews, but when Jesus, the King of Jews, stood before him, he found him innocent.
Verse 30: They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.”
Verse 30 study: Pilate knew what happened. He knew that religious leaders hated Jesus. He didn’t want them to act on the execution. They couldn’t sentence him to death themselves, so the permission had to come from a Roman leader. Pilate refused to convict Jesus without actual evidence. Jesus’ life became a pawn in a political power struggle.
Father, the pain of watching Jesus be treated the way he was treated is something I can’t fathom if I was in front of him. Some people watch loved ones die in front of them, dramatically or peacefully. To make matters worse, they wanted to convict Jesus for no reason, and it is unfair. Let us be more understanding and open to those types of situations. In Jesus’ name. Amen!