John 18:4 Jesus …said unto them, Whom seek ye? 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he…. 18:6 …they went backward, and fell to the ground. 18:7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 18:8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he:
In this passage the Pretoria Guard, as many as 600 some have said, have been led by Judas to come and arrest Jesus while he was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. They were not ‘read in’ as to the purpose behind the arrest but only that it was their job to detain him and bring him to the governmental officials. Notice the response of the guards the first time they are made aware of the identify of the Christ. A power had overtaken them and they found they were unable to stand but fell backward. After scrambling to their feet and looking at each other in amazement Christ revisits the exact same situation. A second time He asks them whom they were seeking. It is well to note that in v4 we are told that Jesus already knew what was going to happen to him. Still, Christ gave them another chance to acknowledge his identity. By this time they have heard his voice and felt his power. What would they do now? They repeated (albeit most assuredly with a voice of uncertainty and trepidation) their purpose of seeking Jesus. However, this time when Christ reveals himself to them again in exactly the same manner the presence of Christ no longer impressed them. Is it not good to take note of precious privileges Christ gives you to know him better? Today you will be given a chance to hear Christ’s voice and submit to His calling. Do not pass it by for the next time you will not be as sensitive to His voice.