I Am He
Today's Daily Devotion - April 3, 2022
By Khai Samante
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. - John 18:5-6
Read John 18:2-7
The night when Jesus was arrested, the scripture says Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons (v. 3). According to some estimates, a detachment is about equivalent to 600 soldiers. Imagine 600 soldiers, along with chief priests and Pharisees, all to apprehend one person, Jesus Christ. They are armed, showing that they are prepared to fight if the disciples of Jesus cause a commotion.
Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want (v. 4)?” And when He said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. This is both surprising and perplexing. When they heard “I am,” around 600 soldiers drew back and fell to the ground, demonstrating Jesus’ heavenly presence, majesty, and authority. The opponents of Jesus were rendered powerless in the face of Jesus’ words “I am.”
Research says “I am” appeared 508 times in the Old Testament and 211 times in the New Testament. Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible explained very well about the spiritual meaning of “I am:”
“This signifies the real being of God, his self-existence, and that he is the Being of beings; as also it denotes his eternity and immutability (unchanging nature), and his constancy and faithfulness in fulfilling his promises, for it includes all time, past, present, and to come; and the sense is, not only I am what I am at present, but I am what I have been, and I am what I shall be, and shall be what I am.”
We can trust the great I AM.