Just as Jesus had stated, Peter denies Him before the rooster crows. The last man to question him was a relative of the guy whom Peter had cut off his ear in the gardehn. Strange--how in one circumstance we are bold and in another (so quickly) timid, to the degree of hiding our identity with Jesus. Unlike Peter, apparently John is able to maintain his stance. For one thing people there knew him as a follower of Jesus. And it seems that his focus is directed to Jesus, not HImself. No wonder he's referenced as "the disciple Jesus loved."
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