John 18:1–11 (ESV)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So
Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again,
“Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave
me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall
I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
Jesus knows he is being set up. Verse 4 states “Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom
do you seek?” When you think about it, Judas wasn’t really needed, because Jesus identifies himself to the crowd. But Judas is there and part of it so that scripture is fulfilled. Notice that Jesus “I am” in verses
4,5, 6, and 8, with verse 4 and 5 being the same statement... just repeated in explaining. So, in effect, there is a triple use of the divine name “I Am”. Notice the power in use when Jesus says it the first time and the hearing of
the Divine Name knocks them down to the ground. I wonder if they were still on the ground looking up when they answered “Jesus of Nazareth”? We also see Peter drawing his sword and cutting off the high priest’s servant’s
ear. Only John gives the name Malchus. We actually see that Jesus was in charge during his arrest. I think if he wanted out of it... he could have “I Am’ed” himself out of it. Yes, Jesus is in control.
I pray: O Lord, I see that through the Scriptures, you are in control when sometimes it is hard to see or understand. Help me to trust you in all situations... to guide me and direct me to your heavenly kingdom.
Forgive me when I think I know better. Amen.