Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he entered with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 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. The servant girl at the door said to Peter, “You also are not one of this man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” 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.
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You also are not one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Peter again denied it, and at once a rooster crowed.
—John 18:15-18, 25-27
by: Gabrielle Andries.
It is not always easy for followers of Christ to share whom or rather whose we are. Circumstances and fear can cause even the most adamant of believers to cower. In this passage, Peter shifted his focus from staying loyal to Christ to being overcome by his circumstances. Although earlier, Peter had assured Jesus of his loyalty (John 13:31-38), he looked at his current surroundings and failed to live up to his previous statement. Once again, what Jesus had prophesied inevitably came to pass. It is easy to commit to a cause when others are watching, but would that fervor stand in the face of challenges?