|1500's anonymous "The Capture of Christ."|
Thoughts: After several rather heady readings we come to the Garden and the moment of Jesus' betrayal and arrest. Several things strike me as interesting in this little passage. First of all is the fact that the same question Jesus used in the beginning of the Gospel he uses here again, this time for the guards. "Whom are you looking for?" Everyone is looking for Jesus, some to follow him and some to get rid of him. What to make of Peter and his sword? The servants name means "King" and I think that has to be important--somehow. Here is a servant named King, and Jesus is a King who becomes a servant. Both will end up being assaulted by violence. I wish I had some deep thought to explain this connection, none comes to mind. But it is interesting.
Questions: "I am he" and all the guards step back and fall to the ground. What do you make of that? Jesus when saying "I am" is in a sense invoking the divine name. Does John show us this to remind us that while it is about to get ugly, Jesus is still in charge?