With Jesus’ time of prayer behind him, we see Him move towards His arrest and ulitmately His crucifixion in John 18. A couple of things stick out to me in this story. One, Jesus is in control of His own schedule. They don’t grab Him while He is praying. He gets up, walks across the valley, and then when they come, He walks out to meet them. He is in charge from the get go. It’s not something that catches Him off guard, or that He resists. He marches directly into the storm. Wow.
Secondly, notice in verse 6 what happens. Jesus asks who they are after, knowing it is Him. It’s dark, and they only have torches. They say they are after Jesus of Nazareth. He answers “I am he.” When He says this, they fall to the ground. Why? “I am He” is the name in Hebrew for God. In Exodus, it’s the name God gives to Moses to tell the people Who sent him. It’s the name the Jews held as holy, and wouldn’t speak or write on their own. It’s the name of God alone. When Jesus, being God, says this phrase which is one of the names of God, it explodes with the Holiness of God. This Holiness knocks the soldiers back and down.
How could they even arrest Him after this? Its an excellent example of how we get so far down our own paths that we ignore God and do the wrong things in the face of His Holiness. I do it from time to time, and have to get knocked on my rear hard to wake up. Its no wonder they missed it.
What about you? Do we really believe God is in control of the storms around us? Will we march into them with Him? Is there something that you are holding onto so tightly that you ignore His overwhelming power and holiness because of it?