Today’s Reading: John 18:12-18

12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas; for he was the father-in-law of Cai aphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Cai aphas who had given counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

15 Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. As this disciple was known to the high priest, he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus, 16 while Peter stood outside at the door. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the maid who kept the door, and brought Peter in. 17 The maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are not you also one of this man’s disciples?” He said, “I am not.” 18 Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire, because it was cold, and they were standing and warming themselves; Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

Today’s Commentary

Annas: The high priest of Israel from A.D. 6 to 15.

one man should die: A reminder of the prophecy in 11:47-53.

another disciple: Probably John the evangelist, who never reveals his name in the Gospel but often calls himself the disciple “whom Jesus loved”
(13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7).

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