When Jesus had finished praying, he left with his disciples. They crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a grove of olive trees. Jesus and his disciples went into it.
Judas knew the place. He was going to hand Jesus over to his enemies. Jesus had often met in that place with his disciples.
So Judas came to the grove. He was guiding a group of soldiers and some officials. The chief priests and the Pharisees had sent them. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him. So he went out and asked them, "Who is it that you want?"
"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said. Judas, who was going to hand Jesus over, was standing there with them.
When Jesus said, "I am he," they moved back. Then they fell to the ground.
He asked them again, "Who is it that you want?" They said, "Jesus of Nazareth."
"I told you I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for me, then let these men go."
This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken would come true. He had said, "I have not lost anyone God has given me."(John 6:39)
Simon Peter had a sword and pulled it out. He struck the high priest's servant and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.