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A Sketch for Thinking about This Weekend’s Sermon about John 18

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This weekend the Narrative Lectionary takes us to John 18:12-27. It contrasts Jesus’ trial before Annas (the big cheese, power broker behind the High Priesthood of Israel), and Peter’s “trial” before the servants and soldiers in the courtyard.

I’m thinking about expanding the story to begin at last week’s reading where we see Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and fill in the space between with the story of Jesus’ arrest. Here we can contrast the model that Jesus set for his disciples against the broken journey that Peter takes as he stumbles to figure it out. Peter’s journey is our journey and we can learn a lot from his blessed mistakes.

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