Archive for August 7th, 2018

John 18:19-27

In John 18:19-27 Peter has just denied Jesus the first time, and the Savior was standing before Annas who was his father-in-law of Caiaphas the High Priest and served as the second in command.  “Inside, the High Priest began asking Jesus about his followers and what he had been teaching them.” The grilling begins about who Jesus was and what He has been teaching the disciples.  Jesus just responds with the truth. “Jesus replied, “What I teach is widely known, for I have preached regularly in the synagogue and Temple; I have been heard by all the Jewish leaders and teach nothing in private that I have not said in public.”

It’s not like Jesus has been hiding or teaching in secret.  He often was in the synagogue teaching those who were there.  So He is a bit confused as to why they were asking the question. “Why are you asking me this question? Ask those who heard me. You have some of them here. They know what I said.” There are plenty of people who could testify to what He had taught.  Annas didn’t want to go to that much effort.  “One of the soldiers standing there struck Jesus with his fist. “Is that the way to answer the High Priest?” he demanded.” Things are approaching a violence level as Jesus is hit by one of the soldiers.  But He doesn’t react or fight back.

He does reply directly to the accusation though. ‘’If I lied, prove it,” Jesus replied. “Should you hit a man for telling the truth?”  Jesus is focusing on the truth, not what anyone says or thinks about Him or what He has done. Annas has had enough of trying to get Jesus to respond and say something that would cause Him to be guilty of one or more of the laws of the day.  So he sends Jesus to Caiaphas to see if he has any better luck getting Jesus to talk. “Then Annas sent Jesus, bound, to Caiaphas the High Priest.” It was the High Priest’s duty to call the defense witnesses first. These basic legal protections for the accused under Jewish law were not observed in the trial of Jesus.

As Jesus is being moved around and questioned by the religious leaders, Peter is sitting on the sideline watching and staying warm. “Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was standing by the fire, he was asked again, “Aren’t you one of his disciples?” This is the second time he has been noticed and questioned as to his relationship to Jesus.  Again he denies. “Of course not,” he replied.” But it doesn’t get a pass this time.  Almost immediately, he was questioned again. “But one of the household slaves of the High Priest—a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off—asked, “Didn’t I see you out there in the olive grove with Jesus?” The sightings are being described more deeply and clearly.  He was obviously guilty as charged, but still he denies.  “Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.” Then the prophecy Jesus told happened and the rooster crowed just after Peter denied Jesus three times.

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