John 18:7 Then he asked them again, “Who is it that you’re seeking?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
John 18:8 “I told you I am he,” Jesus replied. “So if you’re looking for me, let these men leave.”
John 18:9 This was to fulfill the words he had said: “I have not lost one of those you have given me.”
John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. (The slave’s name was Malchus.)
John 18:11 At that, Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword away! Am I not to drink the cup the Father has given me?”
John 18:12 Then the company of soldiers, the commander, and the Jewish officers arrested Jesus and tied him up.
John 18:13 First they led him to Annas, since he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
John 18:14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be advantageous for one man to die for the people.
one man to die for the people
Jesus had just demonstrated his supernatural power by making the arresting party fall backwards to the ground. Now he demonstrates his ability to deliver his own by making sure that only he is arrested. He does this, even though Peter had just given them cause to arrest him as well. Everything is happening to accentuate the reality that these events are all about one man. Jesus is the one man meant to die for the people. He is the embodiment of God’s love and the one savior for the world.
Lord, you are the one man to die for the people. We trust in you for our deliverance.