In the face of his destiny and mission, we see his almighty power in the voice of Jesus. That voice. Has Jesus spoken into your life? You will know. His voice is unmistakable. He won’t force you to listen, yet it will knock your socks off if you hearken to the King…
1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
When Jesus identified himself to the mob who arrested him, they all fell down. He said, “I am he,” and that was enough to knock them all off their feet.
Remember, this is the voice which spoke the world into existence. This is the voice which commanded Lazarus to come out of the tomb and back to life.
This is the voice which says, “come to me.” The voice of Jesus is powerful over wind and waves and creation and my life. It should have scared the daylights out of this mob.
Still they arrest him. They actually have to. He wouldn’t let them go if they tried to leave. His time had come. He was on a collision course with the cross and nothing would stop him. The cross is, in Jesus’ own words, the cup the Father had given him to drink.
Yet in the face of his destiny and mission, we still see his almighty power in that voice. That voice.
Has Jesus spoken into your life? You will know. His voice is unmistakable. There is no avoiding his voice, although he won’t force you listen to him today. When Jesus returns, he will come in the power evident in his voice. On that day we will all listen and heed his voice.
Today, though, he leaves it up to you… will you listen?