Speaker: John Moon - This passage directly follows Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane, Judas had betrayed him to the Roman and Jewish authorities and Jesus had willingly allowed himself to be captured. Now Jesus is being taken to the first of several trials before Jewish and Roman courts. In John 18:12-27 there is an interplay of two dramas that brings into focus opposite truths that are foundational to all of Christian Doctrine: the glory of Christ and the sinfulness of man. Those truths are evident from the contrast between Christ’s faithfulness and Peter’s faithlessness; His courage and Peter’s cowardice; His sacrificial love and Peter’s self-preserving lies. The narrative goes back and forth between Jesus’s trial by the High Priest Emeritus Annus, and Peter’s series of denials. In effect, you see both Peter and Jesus encountering different interrogations with very different responses. May God help us to rely on his grace as we encounter his Word.