When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. John 18:1-3
The time has come for the Son of God to be betrayed and fulfill the prophecy of being the Lamb of God. Jesus and his disciples are praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, according to the scripture, Jesus went here often to pray to the Father. Judas knew exactly where Jesus was going to be, because he was his disciple for over 3 years
Judas led the evil men right to Christ, selling his own soul for 30 pieces of silver. What are you selling Christ out for? What pleasures of this world do you put ahead of your Lord and Savior?
Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. John 18:4-6
This is one of my favorite moments of the Bible, when the officers asked “Where is Jesus”, He answered “I AM He” and immediately they all fell down to the ground. Notice the reference he makes as the Great I AM, which he made the 7 I AM statements throughout the gospel of John
But also reminds me of Philippians 2, “Every knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” , all these men who came to kill Christ, fell down when He revealed who He was to them. One day every knee will bow down to Jesus, including Atheists, Muslims, Buddhists, even if you reject Jesus he is your King and Lord!
Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none. John 18:7-9
The time has come for the prophecy to be fulfilled , the Son of God has now become the Lamb of God to be the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. Jesus willingly laid down his life for us, because He loves us! There is no greater love than this!
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it? Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, John 18:10-12
Peter, not understanding that scripture was being fulfilled, attacked the servant Malchus with his sword and cut off his ear. Think about this, even though this man came to kill Jesus, Christ healed his wound. The love and compassion Jesus has and demonstrated is beyond our comprehension
Jesus told Peter to put away his sword because Christ was going to drink from the cup The Father has given him. What is this cup? It’s the cup of God’s wrath for the sin of the world, only Jesus could drink from this cup because Jesus is the only sinless Lamb of God Amen!