They Still Didn’t Believe

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth.  Jesus saith unto them, I am he.  And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

John 18:3-6

We have all read of the betrayal of the Lord Jesus by Judas Iscariot.  But this is an aspect of it that is not often mentioned.  When they said that they were seeking Jesus of Nazareth, and He said “I am he,” “they went backward, and fell to the ground.”

Now, one would think that if you and a group of other people went out to arrest a man who claimed to be God and when you found Him, His voice saying something as simple as “I am he” knocked you flat on your back, you might have second thoughts about arresting him.  You might even stop for a minute to think that maybe what he is saying is true.  At least I would think that it would, at the very least, cause you to hesitate in your actions.  But this small miracle did not stop Judas and his band of men.  They picked themselves up and went right on arresting Jesus.

It is sad that these men were so blind that even a little miracle like this one did not cause them believe.  It didn’t even cause them to hesitate.  They hated the Lord Jesus and were willing to go to any lengths to get rid of Him.  They had already made their minds up and hardened their hearts.  The sad reality is that many today are the same way.  They have rejected Jesus and hardened their hearts against Him.  Let us never be found among them!

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