I love a good mystery. I had best intentions of thoroughly researching the 2 Kings passage on our list. I really wanted to delve deep into our passage from John. But I got stuck…. I got stuck on a handful of words in the John 18 passage….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.”
WHO IS THIS OTHER DISCIPLE?? I’ve spent over an hour on the interweb – the fount of all knowledge and wisdom – looking at people’s theories of who the mystery disciple is. Many say the Apostle John – perhaps he was being humble and didn’t want to drop his name in (as he was writing the book and all). Nonetheless – I apologise this isn’t a thorough dive into the passages as I’ve been distracted by these words I hadn’t noticed in the passage until now.
I draw great comfort from Peter. He tends to flip flop. He’s emotional. He’s impulsive. He’s flawed. A Myers-Briggs assessment of him may indicate he’s a big feeler and makes significant decisions based on how he feels. (Sounds like a creative type…). While in the context of these verses alone he denies knowing Christ three times we must also understand that he secretly followed Jesus from the garden when most of the other disciples had split. He is in his heart so dedicated to Jesus – he drew a sword earlier in this chapter in defence of Jesus (a lopping of ones ear nonetheless!). He loves Jesus. And Jesus loves him…. As we know from Matthew 16 – He is the rock on which Jesus builds his church. Yet Peter in three flip flop moments denies knowing Jesus.
There’s something beautiful in Jesus choosing such a personality to be the foundation on which our church is built on. We all have uniqueness in God’s good creation of us. Let us remember that despite our flaws we are part of God’s beautiful church. Despite our frustrations, limitations and even our own wrestling with our relationship with God and his church we are needed in the life of the modern church as Peter was needed for the early church.