A time to warm yourself and a time to stand with the condemned

John Bible Background

06.09.2019 – New Testament: John 18.18

To read the Bible in a year, read John 18.1–23 on June 9, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

The Jews arrested Jesus, and Peter followed Him. Once inside the place where the trials of Jesus would take place, Peter joined some others by the fire:

Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself.

– John 18.18 

There is a time to warm yourself, but not when an innocent man, or in this case, the Son of God, stands condemned. It is time to walk away from the warmth and join the cold with the condemned.

Peter would leave the warm fire shortly, but only out of deep shame and guilt for denying that He knew Jesus. Peter would not join Jesus, but would run away.

Therefore, you can walk away from the warmth and stand with the condemned or you can run away from the warmth in overwhelming guilt.


  • What is most important to you? Personal comfort or holding up the truth of Jesus?
  • Has Jesus ever been ashamed of you?

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