John 18:15 Simon Peter was following Jesus, as was another disciple. That disciple was known to the high priest; so he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard.
John 18:16 But Peter remained standing outside by the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, exited and spoke to the girl who was the doorkeeper and brought Peter in.
influential, but helpless to intervene
Based on passages like this, “John would appear to have been a man of some influence in Jerusalem.”1 It must have been frustrating to actually know some of the people involved in Jesus’ trials ands crucifixion, yet still be helpless to intervene to save him. We know now that what Jesus experienced was absolutely essential for humanity’s deliverance. God’s purpose prevailed.
Lord, when things seem to be happening beyond our control, help us to trust that your purpose will prevail.
1Andrew Collins, Twenty-first Century Grail: The Quest for a Legend. (Virgin, 2004), 39.