4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
9 That the saying might be fulfilled , which he spake , Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?
-Behold the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah! The Priests and Pharisees sent a small army to the garden to ensure the capture of Jesus; an army sizable enough to put down any resistance that Jesus and His followers might give. Why didn’t the rest of the soldiers kill Peter as soon as he attacked one of them? (John 18:10) Why didn’t the soldiers arrest the whole group while they were there? When the band of men arrived, Jesus gave a small demonstration of His power along with the words, “let these go their way.” These words were not the Lord’s suggestion, but rather His command. No matter what happened, Jesus’ disciples would ultimately be safe because the scripture had already foretold that Jesus would ensure their safety. (John 18:9) The same scripture that ensured the disciples’ safety still ensures ours even today and no power in the universe is great enough to prevent the Lord from watching over and keeping those who trust in Him. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” (Jeremiah 17:7)