John 18:12-13 (NIV) 12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
On verses 12-13: Jesus was the only one bound (v12) and yet he was bound so that he could set the rest of us free. Jesus was brought before Annas the father-in-law of Caiaphas the high priest (v13). Little die Annas know that Jesus was the true great high priest.
John 18:14 (NIV) 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.
On verse 14: Caiaphas made this statement, which John considers to be prophetic, in John 11:49-52.
John 18:15-16 (NIV) 15 Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, 16 but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in.
On verses 15-16: Who was the other disciple who was with Peter? Probably John himself. I think there is a lesson to be learned from the fact that this other disciple “was known to the high priest” (v15) and thus was able to go with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, whereas Peter who did not know anyone “had to wait outside the door” (v16). In the kingdom of God, it’s not what you know but who you know that enables you to enter the courts of the Lord.
John 18:17 (NIV) 17 “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.”
On verse 17: Peter’s first time to deny Jesus happens here.
John 18:18-24 (NIV) 18 It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself. 19 Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. 21 Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” 22 When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. 23 “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” 24 Then Annas sent him, still bound, to Caiaphas the high priest.
On verses 18-24: I love how Jesus remains cool under pressure. Even after he is unjustly struck in the face, Jesus still continues to be gentle and peaceful in his actions toward those who misunderstood him and abused him. May we be cool under the pressure in a similar way.
John 18:25-27 (NIV) 25 As Simon Peter stood warming himself, he was asked, “You are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.” 26 One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the olive grove?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.
On verses 25-27: Here Peter, who earlier had said that he would lay down his life for Jesus (John 13:37), folds under pressure and denies Jesus a second time and a third time, just as Jesus had predicted (see John 13:38). It’s a sobering reminder that we should not claim to be more spiritual or faithful than we are, lest we risk humiliating ourselves later on. May we be quicker to boast about our weaknesses than our strengths, about our shortcomings than our successes. It reminds me of Jesus’ words in Luke 14:10-11, where he compares knowing Jesus to going to a banquet and says: “But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Thank You Jesus for letting Yourself be bound so that I could go free. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!