Betrayed by a Kiss

Judas Iscariot comes to the garden with a contingent of temple guards to arrest Jesus – the identifying sign is a kiss. 

“Who are you looking for?”  

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. 

Jesus said, “I am He”. 

When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground …   (John 18:6).       

After reattaching the ear of a guard lopped off by Peter, Jesus leaves under arrest.

Soon, He will endure three ‘trials’ by Jewish leaders and priests – all in violation of Jewish law mandating that trials be held in daylight. He will be accused and convicted of blasphemy – a crime punishable by death.

John 18:66

When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

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Clearly, Jesus retains control in the midst of his arrest. Not only does he floor an entire company of temple guards by replying “I am He”, but he also stops one of his disciple’s attempts to resist his arrest by saying: “Put your sword back in its place … do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then will Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”


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