“While this was happening, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus replied, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple courts, where all the Jewish people assemble together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said. They know what I said.” When Jesus had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck him on the face and said, “Is that the way you answer the high priest?” Jesus replied, “If I have said something wrong, confirm what is wrong. But if I spoke correctly, why strike me?” Then Annas sent him, still tied up, to Caiaphas the high priest.”, John 18:19-24 NET
• Are there Old Testament Scriptures that commanded or even allowed someone to strike someone who spoke to the High Priest as Jesus did or were they just following their own traditions?
• It is extremely ironic that Jesus was being brought before the high priest since Jesus was/is high priest in the order of Melchizedek and even more so the One who set up the entire priesthood from the beginning to worship Him.
• I think Satan must have tried to spark Jesus’ pride by this irony (and often) because if Jesus would have sinned once out of pride, Satan would have won and we would not have forgiveness of sins.
• I love that Jesus spoke in public, had nothing to hide, and wasn’t into information control. It’s so refreshing to be with people like this.
“Meanwhile Simon Peter was standing in the courtyard warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” Peter denied it: “I am not!” One of the high priest’s slaves, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the orchard with him?” Then Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed.”, John 18:25-27 NET
• From my understanding, Peter went into the meeting with John earlier on. So what could have happened is Peter could have gone into the meeting and gone back out in the courtyard for whatever reason. Maybe he was afraid or couldn’t take watching Jesus getting struck.