In John 18:4, Jesus asked the chief priests and Pharisees, who had come with Judas to arrest Him, who is was that they wanted. When they responded that they had come for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus told them “I am he (John 18:5).” Upon hearing Him say these words, they drew back and fell to the ground. Again He asked them who they wanted, and they replied the same. Jesus told them that it was him that they were looking for, and to let the others go. When Peter chopped off one of the men’s ear, Jesus stopped any more such doings. He was then arrested, and taken before the high priest.
Jesus allowed Himself to be arrested and nailed to the cross out of His great love for us. He is the good shepherd, who laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:15). John 10:18 says that He laid it down of His own accord. He willingly gave His life for us, that we might be saved. Because of His amazing affection for us, He paid the price to redeem us. For our transgressions, He was pierced. He was chastened for our peace. We are healed by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5). He became poor that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Let’s praise our Savior for willingly laying down His life for us!
“I lay down my life for you. This is the moment when all will be made new . . . Arms stretched out upon this tree to show true love, to set you free.”