About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
First Denial (ch. 18:15-18)
verse 15 we see that Peter and another disciple followed Jesus and the
soldiers. It is apparent that
the other nine apostles did not follow Jesus.
Luke tells us that Peter and the other disciple followed from a
distance. They wanted to be
with Jesus but probably were afraid to get to close to what was happening.
the other disciple is not named, all Bible teachers believe him to be John
because John seldom refers to Himself in the first person or by name in
his gospel record.
Annas knew John. How he knew
John is unknown for sure. Some
Bible teachers believe that John had reasons to visit Annas before.
Why that would be the case I don't know.
16 simply tells us that John spoke to a girl on duty at the door in order
to let Peter into the courtyard. Why
a girl was standing at the door and not a man, I don't know.
17 speaks of Peter's denial. The
girl asked him if he was one of Jesus' disciples and he simply lied.
He said he was not. Unlike
the other gospel accounts John does not dwell on Peter's denial.
verse 18 John tells us that it was cold outside and so there were a number
of officials and servants standing by the fire keeping warm.
Peter stood by the fire as well.
It appears that John might not have been with Peter at the fire.
Many Bible teachers believe that John was inside with Jesus and the high
priest and other officials. That
makes sense since John obviously knew what was going on well enough to
record it in his book.