Friday, October 17, 2014

I Am He

John 18:1-6

When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples.

Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, "Whom are you seeking?" They answered Him, "Jesus of Nazareth." Jesus said to them, "I am He." And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them.

Now when He said to them, "I am He," they drew back and fell to the ground.

Back to the Book of John! 

We are about to experience Jesus' arrest. How some people back then hated Jesus. Enough to lie and scoff at all He had spoken and shown them. And all this He had done for them that they might believe He was the Son of God who came to take away the sin of the world...their sins included.

If Jesus stood before you and said "I am He," would you shrink back or scoff or worse yet, want Him arrested? Would He be offensive to you too? Would you reject His message or His forgiveness of your sins? We are all sinners...

Actually, we might not be able to stand in His presence at all.

I stopped at verse 6 for a reason. They drew back and fell to the ground at the three little words He spoke. This is the power of God. This was for them the very presence of God before them. They had no recourse but to fall before Him. Reminds me of what we are told will happen someday when Jesus returns and we all see Him. the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)

Back in Isaiah these words were also spoken.  If the Word of God is true...and just...this will happen. No one will be exempt. But the eternal outcome will be 
different. There will be no reluctance on anyone's part to do this. It will happen. For some it will be done with all reverence; for others it will hang heavy as they realize Whom they had rejected. They will see that "I am He."

Isaiah 45:23 - I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee 
shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.

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