Today's verses are John 18:15,16: "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, 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." My child, it is now around one o'clock in the morning. I had been arrested. My other disciples had fled except two, Peter and "another disciple," who was John himself, the author of this gospel. Throughout this gospel, he refers to himself as "the disciple whom Jesus loved." He was quite deferential about his identity, not wanting to draw attention to himself, though everyone knew about whom he was referring.
Peter and John then followed me to "the court of the high priest," an enclosed space open to the sky.
Peter stayed outside the gate. Many think John was able to enter because he was known to the high priest. Some believe he was able to enter because of his expanded fishing industry on the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem. Occasionally, he would bring fish to Jerusalem from Galilee that he could sell to the high priest, his family and those who worked for him.
John then went out to the servant girl who was guarding the gate and told her Peter was with him. She allowed him to enter the court too.
My child, please note Peter and John's courage. They loved me. They wanted to be faithful to me, even to the end. They were confused that I'd been arrested. The feared something awful might happen to me.
But they followed. At least they followed. They showed courage in the face of adversity.
What is courage? It is not knowing the consequences and still moving ahead. No, that is not true courage. True courage is not knowing what is waiting for you but still choosing to move forward. It is taking that next step forward even though you don't know what is facing you.
Today, I need courageous Christians. I need followers who would be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause. I need people who are unabashedly witnessing for me, with their words and their deeds. I need fearless followers who will pray and act to bring my kingdom in heaven to earth.
Though Peter will soon deny me, at least he was in the courtyard. At least he didn't run away as the others did. John too was in the courtyard. They resisted cowardice. They chose to follow me after my arrest. They expressed courage. They didn't know what lay ahead of them, but they still followed me.
My child, are you courageous for me today? Are you taking a stand for me today? If you were put on trial today for being one of my followers, would the evidence against you be enough to convict you?
Follow me, no matter what the cost. In doing so, I promise...
You can trust me today.