What Jesus Did! 'The Second' — John 18:24-25

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas the high priest. Jesus was still tied. Simon Peter was standing {at the fire}, keeping himself warm. The other men said to Peter, "Are you one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" But Peter denied it. He said, "No, I am not."
— John 18:24-25
Illustration of John 18:24-25 — "Are you one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?"   ——   "No, I am not."

Key Thought

A disciple? Yes, a disciple is one who follows a master in order to be like that teacher. Clearly, Peter hasn't gotten the concept yet. He might be willing to be like Jesus in his power, performing miracles and amazing the people. However, this "Cross thing" that holds Jesus' attention is not understandable to Peter. So he fails, again. Not just once, but now a second time he denies his Lord—the very Lord he is seeking to emulate. History will later show that Peter did become like his Master. Aren't we glad that Jesus didn't give up on Peter when he failed ... this second time! Aren't we glad that Jesus doesn't give up on us either!

Today's Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my failure and my sin. I do not like my sinfulness and I want to be more than I am. Please fashion me into a vessel fit for useful and faithful service to you and to your kingdom. I truly believe that you can make me more than I am. I trust, dear Lord, that you can use my failure and my sin to grow me into a more holy and useful person for you. In Jesus' name, and because of his saving grace, I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then the soldiers with their commander and the Jewish guards arrested Jesus. They tied Jesus and brought him to Annas. Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had told the other Jewish leaders that it would be better if one man died for all the people. Simon Peter and another one of Jesus' followers went with Jesus. This follower knew the high priest. So he went with Jesus into the yard of the high priest's house. But Peter waited outside near the door. The follower that knew the high priest came back outside. He spoke to the girl that opened the gate for people. Then he brought Peter inside. The girl at the gate said to Peter, "Are you also one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" Peter answered, "No, I am not!" It was cold, so the servants and guards had built a fire. They were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter was standing with these men. The high priest asked Jesus questions about his followers. He asked Jesus questions about the things Jesus taught. Jesus answered, "I have always spoken openly to all people. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple area. All the Jews come together there. I never said anything in secret. So why do you question me? Ask the people that heard my teaching. They know what I said." When Jesus said this, one of the guards standing there hit him. The guard said, "You should not talk to the high priest like that!" Jesus answered, "If I said something wrong, then tell everyone here what was wrong. But if the things I said are right, then why do you hit me?" So Annas sent Jesus to Caiaphas the high priest. Jesus was still tied. Simon Peter was standing {at the fire}, keeping himself warm. The other men said to Peter, "Are you one of the followers of that man (Jesus)?" But Peter denied it. He said, "No, I am not." One of the servants of the high priest was there. This servant was a relative to the man whose ear Peter had cut off. The servant said,"I think I saw you with him (Jesus) in the garden!" But again Peter said, "No, I was not with him!" And at that same time a rooster crowed.

John 18:12-27

Related Scripture Readings

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, when my brother won't stop doing wrong to me, how many times must I forgive him? Should I forgive him as many as seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, you must forgive him more than seven times. You must continue to forgive him even if he does wrong to you seventy-seven times. "

Matthew 18:21-22

The Lord is compassionate and merciful. God is patient and full of love. The Lord does not always criticize. The Lord does not stay angry at us forever. We sinned against God but he didn't give us the punishment we deserved. God's love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. And God has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.

Psalm 103:8-12

God made us free from the power of darkness (evil). And he brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Jesus). The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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