With agreement of purpose they came to the place chosen by the Most High God. “Here The Confrontation will begin.”
So it began; Jesus said to them, “Whom do you seek”. They were compelled to state their purpose: “Jesus of Nazareth”.
Do you want to see the power of God? Look at what the demon filled people did at the Lord’s response: “I Am He”, Jesus said. At that the mob drew back and fell to the ground.
Demon filled? Do not forget, when Judas left the dinner he left under the command of satan who was in him. The ruler of the kingdom of air against the ruler of all eternity. Yes, the minion was present in that garden.
The people themselves were unsure of why they had come, they were simply following a nondescript order, “Bring in Jesus of Nazareth”. But the demons in them knew they had come for a singular purpose. They had come to murder the Word of God.
When they fell away from God at first, they murdered the Word within them. Now they come as if to complete their wickedness. They came to complete their challenge to the Majesty of the Living God.
It has been said that the people drew back for fear of the destruction that would surely come to one who blasphemes the Holy Name of God. But I know I can say with confidence; their appearance in that place at that time was most conspicuous.
A physical manifestation of reality. A fight to the death. The drawing back shows the dawning of sobriety, the realization of why they had come. It was the beginning of culmination for the desire of God’s enemy. “Force the Son of God to recant his position.” God willing met them in that place!
In the passage, we are not looking at religious men gone crazy with a lust for blood. We are looking at the beginning of the greatest possible conflict in all eternity.
Christ is LORD!