“When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground” John 18:6.
John has been hailed as the universal gospel. Set apart from the synoptics and written from the perspective of the apostle as a then elder statesman for Christianity, John has the benefit of the tamed ‘son of thunder’ being able to look back through several decades of the Christian movement and provide us with doctrines and longer discourses that Jesus gave us while in the flesh.
John works to show Jesus as God and so is a great recommendation to first-time Bible readers who might get bogged down in Matthew’s prophecy fulfillment and opening geneology or Luke’s drama and poetry.
Over and over in John, Jesus declares, “I am,” to individuals, bringing us to God’s self-revealed identity at the burning bush. Even when the crowd comes to arrest this itinerant preacher and they ask if he is Jesus, the voice of God in the flesh simply answering, “I am he,” is enough to make them draw back and fall to the ground.”
How does knowing that the man Jesus is God change your life?
Plattsburgh church of Christ
author of Kin of Cain
a Christian historical fantasy