Two Tragedies(John 18:12-27)Rob Storey, March 25, 2012
Part of the Incredible Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
1. When we speak of celebrating Easter, what comes to your mind?
2. Read John18:12-27; . These first questions look at the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin.
· Read John 11:45-53. What are your observations from this passage?
o Why does the Sanhedrin desire to kill Jesus?
· Read Mark 14:60-65. Why does the High Priest respond so dramatically to the response of Jesus?
· The tragedy we talked about on Sunday was that the Sanhedrin became the enemy of Jesus. Didn’t they seem so close to believing? Why did they ignore the miracles and claims? Could this story have ended differently?
o Why do so many people today become enemies of God? What keeps people from believing that Jesus is the Savior and LORD of the world? (Romans 5:10)
3. Consider again the three denials of Peter. What motivations do you find in Scripture that might help us understand these denials? (John 13:28; Luke 22:54-62).
· We called Peter a “false friend” on Sunday. Do you agree?
· Have you ever been a false friend of Jesus? What did or does that look like?
· We find Peter restored in John 21:15-19
4. Now consider Judas, another “false friend.” Read Luke 22:4-5; Matt 27:3-4. Both were remorseful, how might you explain the different outcomes; one restored and one destroyed? Could the story have ended differently for Judas? How so?
5. Read 1 Peter 1:17-21. Meditate for a moment on this passage and think about the denials and then Peter penning these words. This Easter season, what do these verses mean to you? How can these words keep us from behaving like false friends?
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12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.
15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the court of the high priest, 16 but Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the servant girl who kept watch at the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves. Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.
19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; they know what I said.” 22 When he had said these things, one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If what I said is wrong, bear witness about the wrong; but if what I said is right, why do you strike me?” 24 Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not 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 the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” 27 Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed. (ESV)