Apr 02, 2017 |Considering Jesus

I Am He

04.02.17 | Considering Jesus

I Am He

Noel Heikkinen

John 18

The day before Jesus would end up on the cross, He foretold His disciples that one of them would betray Him. That disciple was Judas and in the moment of his betrayal of turning Jesus over to the Roman authorities, Jesus displayed His reaction to this betrayal. Pastor Noel Heikkinen explains how Jesus Christ simply gave Himself up to the Romans in order to be crucified for the sins of man. During this exchange of betrayal from man and Christ’s sacrifice, the Gospel message was clearly depicted.

John 18

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When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.

John 18:1


Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.

John 18:2


So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

John 18:3


Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”

John 18:4


They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

John 18:5–6

“You know what I think happened? I’m inclined to think that here there was for a moment a rending of the veil, and just as Moses could not look upon the face but only survive the merest glimpse of the back parts of his glory, and as Isaiah, who through the smoke had the merest glance of his majesty, said, ‘Woe is me for I am undone,’ so here one stray beam of manifest deity that shot through the crevice, as it were, for an instant was enough to devastate and prostrate with abject awe even those armed men.

– Alexander MacLaren


So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”

John 18:7–9


Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

John 18:10–11