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The Arrest of Christ

Q. When Jesus was about to be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, those who came to arrest Him asked Him a question. His response caused them to fall to the ground (John 18:6). Why?

A. The soldiers who came to arrest Our Lord in the garden asked for Jesus of Nazareth to identify Himself. He replied, “I am.” Some Bible versions translate the Greek words here as “I am He,” as if to complete the sense of the statement. But His response is literally “I am,” and those words hold great significance.

Many centuries before, when Moses had encountered God at the burning bush, he had asked God to reveal His name. God replied that His name is “I am,” the One who is eternal, infi