A Phrase Jesus Said That Literally FLOORED People! – John 18:1-18

From my reading in John 18:1-18 in the One Year New Testament.

One phrase literally FLOORED those who were seeking to arrest Jesus.

Jesus asked them who they were looking for and they said, “Jesus the Nazarene,” then Jesus said,

I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! John 18:5–6

One of the the names of God is “I AM.”

When Jesus said “I AM” the Jews could have taken that to mean “I am God”!  Warren Wiersbe says,

“Why did the arresting soldiers draw back and fall to the ground when Jesus told them, “I am He”? The Jews present would be struck by His “I AM” statement, an affirmation of Deity. The Romans, who were in the majority, would be struck by His bearing, for it was obvious that He was in command.”

Jesus was ready to face those who would eventually kill him. 

This confidence and wiliness to die showed his love. Later he said,

“I told you that I Am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” He did this to fulfill his own statement: I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.” John 18:8–9

Jesus didn’t lose those he was given, and he never will lose any of his followers.

If you are a follower he sacrificed himself for you! He gave himself up so that we can be saved! He is the one who saves!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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