Let's Talk About Your True Identity

by Paul Bonner

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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NO DENYING IT

 

John 18:12-17

Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the guards from the Jewish leaders took Jesus into custody. They bound him 13 and led him first to Annas. He was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. (14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it was better for one person to die for the people.)

15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Because this other disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. 16 However, Peter stood outside near the gate. Then the other disciple (the one known to the high priest) came out and spoke to the woman stationed at the gate, and she brought Peter in. 17 The servant woman stationed at the gate asked Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?”

“I’m not,” he replied.

Key Passage:

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Because this other disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard. … The servant woman stationed at the gate asked Peter, “Aren’t you one of this man’s disciples?” “I’m not,” he replied. —John 18:15-17

 

Commentary:

In Matthew’s Gospel account, after Jesus was arrested, the writer simply says, “all the disciples left Jesus and ran away” (Matthew 26:56b). But here in John’s Gospel, we learn that Simon Peter and another disciple actually followed Jesus after he was arrested. The other disciple was probably John. He knew the high priest. Because of his connections, he and Peter were allowed into the courtyard. But when Peter was recognized, he refused to identify himself as Jesus’ follower.

 

Questions to Discuss:

Why did Peter hide his true identity?

In what circumstances are you hesitant about being the “real” you?

When are you afraid to be honest about your faith in Jesus?

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