1 After saying these things, Jesus crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and entered a grove of olive trees.
2 Judas, the betrayer, knew this place, because Jesus had often gone there with his disciples.
3 The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove.
4 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked.
5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I AM he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.)
References for John 18:5
    • a 18:5 - Or Jesus of Nazareth; also in 18:7 .
    • b 18:5 - Or “The ‘ ’ is here”; or “I am the ”; Greek reads I am; also in 18:6, 8 . See Exod 3:14 .
      6 As Jesus said “ he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!
      7 Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?” And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.”
      8 “I told you that I AM he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.”
      9 He did this to fulfill his own statement: “I did not lose a single one of those you have given me.”
      References for John 18:9
        • c 18:9 - See John 6:39 and 17:12 .
          10 Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave.
          11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me?”