I AM HE! (Day 43)

God is for us! Scripture repeatedly affirms, God is for us. He desires that no one should parish but all to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, His Son (2 Peter 3:9).

As a result, Jesus’ earthly ministry fulfills the Father’s will not wasting one moment on the unessential. Jesus stayed in tune with the Father departing from the crowds as well as His disciples to be alone. His refueling came from being with God the Father, the Great I AM!

Even in the last week of Jesus’ life, he continues in His Father’s will. Jesus gives the lost and broken every opportunity to turn to Him in belief. As yesterday’s post explained, Jesus demonstrated His power over creation by riding into Jerusalem on the back of an unbroken colt. Today, I invite you to come and see as He reveals His deity to an army of soldiers bent on arresting Him.

Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “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 18:4-6, NLT

Jesus responds and identifies Himself [as], “I AM.” This is the name of God …revealed for the first time to Moses at the burning bush, in Exodus 3:14. [Jesus had already] shocked the establishment by referring to Himself as [I AM in John’s Gospel]. It was a claim of deity! [And again He] claims the name of Almighty God.

Stephen Davey, Almost Empty

Jesus identifies Himself as God, and did you see what happened…

…they drew back, and fell to the ground.

(18:6b)

WOW! I wonder how quickly they stood back up! I think I would sit up and take notice of the One Who has the power to send four hundred soldiers and Temple guards along with leading priests and Pharisees (and possibly Judas) to the ground (18:3)! But it is as if they do not notice. Peter thinking Jesus needs help draws his sword and amputates the ear of the high priest’s slave, Malchus (18:10). The Gospel of Luke clearly wants us to see more of the Son of God’s deity by sharing what the other three gospel writers did not include.

Now Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell us specifically that Peter severed the man’s ear from his head. The Greek word can be translated, “to shear off, to cut away.” Yet, Luke’s gospel is the only one that records Jesus healing the servant. Perhaps Luke, being a medical doctor, was the only writer who found it of any interest!… “[Jesus] touched his ear and healed him.” The noun used in verse 51 to refer to the ear differs from verse 50. In verse 51, it actually refers to the place of his ear; you could translate it rather woodenly, “Jesus touched where had been his ear.” The reason this is important is because we could easily overlook an astounding act of Christ. Only God has the power to create out of nothing. This is not a medical re-attachment, but a miracle re-creation. There is Malchus’s severed ear lying on the ground, but now attached to his head is a new ear! There is no more bleeding, and there is no more pain. Did a hush fall over the crowd at that moment?

– Pastor Davey

Stand in awe of Who Jesus is! Do not miss another day giving Him the rightful place in your life! Voluntarily take the knee in humble adoration.

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