John 18:25-27

25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not!”

26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?”

27 Peter then denied again; and immediately a rooster crowed.

The other gospel accounts place Peter’s denials outside the home of Caiaphas. John says it took place outside Annas’ home. It was probably a courtyard shared by both.

Verse 25 is a continuation of verse 18.

Peter stood with those who arrested Christ, warming himself at a fire. Perhaps someone threw on more coals, causing the flames to flare up, making Peter recognizable.

The question (v. 25) again expected a negative answer, making it easy for Peter to lie.

him whose ear Peter cut off (v. 26) — Malchus (John 18:10)

Question (v. 26) is straightforward

Peter’s third denial occurred as the rooster crowed — John 13:38. He denied with cursing and swearing (Matthew 26:74; Mark 14:71).

Peter did not deny who Jesus was, only that he was one of the disciples.

The Lord turned and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61) perhaps in accusation or in love — or both.

Most commentaries focus on what Peter did wrong. But perhaps the point is that we will fail but Christ won’t. The contrast in this passage is between Peter’s response to questions and Christ’s response to questions.It is not so much a focus on Peter but on the One who never fails.

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