John the Beloved Stands
In John 18 we follow Jesus from Gethsemane to the palace of the High Priest. We flinch as we anticipate Peter's rooster-heralded denials. But we miss something concerning John:
15And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
16But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.
John went into the hall of stiff and starched religion and stood as a witness to the abuse which was being heaped upon Jesus' name and mission. Do we go into such places and stand with Jesus against hypocrisy, man-made tradition, compromise with worldly priorities and play-things, coldness of heart, misrepresentation of the Word of God, prayerlessness?
Well done brave beloved one. You are soon going to receive your Lord's sweet bequest of His Mother; and she your ministrations and shared love and reminiscences of the glorious carpenter.