John 18:1-14 (ESV Strong’s Bible)
1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
Jesus has been with His disciples since chapter 13 in the upper room. This went on until chapter 16. In chapter 17, Jesus payed for Himself, His disciples and everyone else who was going to beleive through the disciples. When He finished praying, He then went out with His disciples across the brook Kidron where there was a garden. They entered this garden.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Judas knew about this garden since while he was still with Jesus, they used to meet at this garden. This I suppose is how he knew where to find Jesus. He led the soldiers and some officers from the chief priest and Pharisees to Jesus. These had with them lanterns, torches and weapons. I suppose all these soldiers and weapons were there to deal with any resistance. The officers mainly were there to arrest Jesus. Lanterns and torches were carried for lighting since it was during the night.
4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
These verses show only one thing that Jesus is indeed God reincarnate as He said He is. Firsty, He knew what was going to happen before it happened and has indicated to His disciples may times while He was with them that He was about to die. Even here, because He knew what was going to happen, He went forward voluntarily and asked them who they were looking for. When they told Him that they were looking for Jesus, He then said, I am He. When Jesus said this, they drew back and fell to the ground. Clearly showing how in control Jesus is of the situation. When all this was happening, Judas was among them.
7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.”
Jesus then asked them again whom they were looking for and again told them that it was Him they were looking for. Then Jesus told them that they must let His disciples go. This was so as to protect them as it was written that He would not loose anyone of His disciples.
10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
At this point Peter drew his sword and cut one of the soldiers ears. Clearly Peter had concluded that Jesus was not going anywhere without a fight. Once more Peter was missing the point. The events that were about to take place, was the will of God and for his own good. Jesus then told him to put his sword away. Jesus then asked him if He should not drink the cup that God has given him. Jesus here was reffering to the suffering, pain and death that He was about to go through. This is the kind of question that can only be answered positively. Jesus was simply saying to Peter, what is about to happen is the will of God and I am prepared to go through it.
12 So the band of soldiers and their captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound him. 13 First they led him to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had advised the Jews that it would be expedient that one man should die for the people.”
Jesus was then arrested and taken to Annas.