John 18.15-16 cont.
15 Now Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. That other disciple was known to the high priest, and he went in with Jesus to the court of the high priest.
16 Now Peter stood outside the door. The other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the female door-keeper and brought Peter in.
It is obvious that John went into the court of the high priest, but that Peter remained outside. We do not know why Peter did not go inside at the same time as John. Perhaps it was that a large crowd had gathered and only so many could get into the high priests’ court. It could have been that Peter had arranged with John to gain access for him when he knew that it was safe.
When John knew that it was safe for Peter to go inside he made the necessary arrangements with the servant girl, or female porter. Obviously John did not want himself and Peter to be separated, but he needed to know that it was safe for Peter to enter the court.
Preparing the way for others is something that we all may be called upon to do from time to time.
There was a time in the Bible when 12 spies were sent out to look at the land that God was giving to them. Ten came back and reported that it would be dangerous for the people of Israel to enter the land, and advised that they did not attempt it. However, two of the spies gave the true report:
But Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” – Numbers 30.30-3.
Fear gripped the people and they rejected the true report; they rejected God and they lost their faith. Consequently they suffered the judgement of God that none of them would enter the Promised Land, except Caleb.
It is vitally important that when we are sent to prepare the way for others we do so with faith, knowing that God is able to make us more than conquerors.
In Ephesians Paul told the church there:
Now glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope – Ephesians 3.20(NLT).
John prepared the way for Peter to enter the court of the high priest by making it sure that it was safe.