Friday, May 30, 2003

Edifier du Jour-John 18:3-11(NASB)
3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, "Whom do you seek?" 5 They answered Him, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said to them, "I am He." And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Therefore He again asked them, "Whom do you seek?" And they said, "Jesus the Nazarene." 8 Jesus answered, "I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way," 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, "Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one." 10 Simon Peter then, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his right ear; and the slave's name was Malchus. 11 So Jesus said to Peter, "Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?"
Two things struck me as I read this passage last night. The first was that everyone reflexively got on their knees when Jesus spoke. For the Jews, you could chalk this up hearing "I am" and noting the presence of God, since I Am is how God referred to Himself to Moses. However, the Romans wouldn't have had that level of knowledge; given that they weren't part of that religion and were on a mission, the desire to mimic the Jews wasn't likely to be the driving force. I think that it was the presence of God that came with that "I am he" statement that floored the Romans. The other thing to remember from this passage is that Jesus could have avoided capture if He wanted to. He could have put a quadruple-whammy on the gaurds or teleported himself and his posse to the temple. He didn't. This was his time to become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.

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