“…So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him, came forward and said to them, ‘Whom do you seek?’ They answered him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus said to them, ‘I am (he)’ (Ἐγώ εἰμι). Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When he said to them, ‘I am (he),’ they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, ‘Whom do you seek?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’ Jesus answered, ‘I told you that I am he; so, if you seek me, let these men go.’” (Jn 18: 3-8)
Only God can say “I am” in this way. When He chooses to remind us of this great fact amidst any God-less pursuits we may be pursuing, it stops us in our tracks. Because He is the very source of “being”; the One Who called us into “being,” to share in His. When the band of soldiers comes looking for a mere man, Jesus of Nazareth, they are overwhelmed by the voice of the One Who “is,” reminding them of His unique “being,” as nobody else can.
Today I can choose to ignore His gentle reminder, telling me ever-so-meekly amidst my concerns and pursuits: “I am.” Or I can take pause and let Him “be” as only He can, the God of my day. This morning I choose to let Him in, and to “be” in Him and with Him. “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner.”