Chapter 18 – the witness of I AM – “When therefore He said to them, “I AM,” they drew back and fell to the ground.”
Why does an armed mob of Roman soldiers and temple guards cower in the presence of one unarmed man? For a moment before He allowed Himself to be arrested, Jesus proclaimed the name by which He was known in the Old Testament. A name so sacred to the Jewish people that they had lost the pronunciation of it because they believed it was too holy to be spoken out loud. If just speaking His name had this effect, imagine what can happen when we call on His name?