When the mob carrying torches and clubs showed up in the garden, the disciples surely woke up quickly and sprang to their feet in terror.
In John 18:3-11, Jesus showed amazing courage, and confronted those who wanted to arrest Him head-on. He asked them who they were looking for, and they answered His name. So, Jesus decided to repeat His name to confirm that He was the man they were looking for.
“I AM He.”
At the sound of “I AM”, every one of them fell to the ground.
Though the disciples were afraid, and Peter even brandished a sword, Jesus made it clear that He was the Great I AM and this was God’s plan. At any moment, Jesus could have called thousands upon thousands of angels for protection. Yet, Jesus willingly allowed Himself to be bound and arrested.
Even when the disciples didn’t understand, and were so afraid, the words Jesus spoke told them to trust in Him, in His plan of redemption.
And, when we are scared, and don’t see the end, Jesus tells us to trust Him, too.
Today, we played Cross Cup Toss, to help us remember that it is only in the cross that we can stand strong. Outside of God’s power, we will fall to our knees. The goal of the game is to toss a small ball into one of the white cups making up the cross. The kids had fun knocking red cups over and cheering when one of them threw a ball into a white cup.
Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!