I am not...

Peter said, ‘I am not.” John 18:25 I learned this week, from a commentary on today’s passage, that in John’s telling of the story Peter does not deny Jesus—not directly, anyway. In Matthew’s gospel a servant girl says to Peter, “You were with him in the garden, weren’t you”. Peter responds with an oath—“I do not know the man”; a clear denial and betrayal of Jesus. But in John’s gospel the servant asks the question differently: “You’re not one of his disciples, are you?” His reply? “I am not”. Peter denies himself; denies he has any relationship to the man on trial. “Are you one of them?" “I am not”. John’s arrangement of the story has a contemporary ring, to my ear. It’s like when we expre

You cannot follow me...

03-04-18 Week 10, Day 2 Peter said, ‘I am not.” John 18:25 “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now”, Jesus told his disciples. “But you will follow afterwards.” Peter will have none of this. “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” No doubt he meant it. He had responded to Jesus’ “Follow me” call by following. And, as with the others, his was a costly response. Home and family and business were left behind so he could wander Palestine with this poor rabbi who was, at the very least, an unknown quantity. He had taken a chance. And the risk seemed to be paying off. He had seen remarkable things. His heart told him this was the right choice. In for a penny, i

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