“Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, pulled it out and struck the high priest’s slave, cutting off his right ear. (Now the slave’s name was Malchus.) But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath! Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?” Then the squad of soldiers with their commanding officer and the officers of the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus and tied him up. They brought him first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. (Now it was Caiaphas who had advised the Jewish leaders that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people.)”, John 18:10-14 NET
• So how did the Jews get a Roman cohort to arrest Jesus for them and bring Him to Annas, etc.? Perhaps they just paid them.
“Simon Peter and another disciple followed them as they brought Jesus to Annas. (Now the other disciple was acquainted with the high priest, and he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard.) But Simon Peter was left standing outside by the door. So the other disciple who was acquainted with the high priest came out and spoke to the slave girl who watched the door, and brought Peter inside. The girl who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “You’re not one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” He replied, “I am not.” (Now the slaves and the guards were standing around a charcoal fire they had made, warming themselves because it was cold. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.)”, John 18:15-18 NET
• Who was this other disciple? I think it could have been Nicodemus.
• What would have happened if Peter had said He was a disciple of Jesus?
• Also, it seems Peter denied knowing Jesus so that he could get in or at least stay in the courtyard? At the very least, he would have to flee if he did admit to being disciple of Jesus and so he wouldn’t see the outcome. Jesus still predicted it though and Peter felt terrible about it afterwards so maybe it was more than just a logistical decision for Peter.