I am one day behind in our Bible reading program. So today I was reading John 18 where Jesus is arrested. I was struck by the fact that, when Jesus identified himself, the people arresting him fell backwards. I looked more closely at the passage, and saw that both ESV and NASB translate his words as, "I am he." However, in the NASB, it shows the word "he" in italics. This means that the word was added for clarity. The original version of this simply read, "I am."Jesus hear clearly declares his divinity as he identifies himself as "I am." The power of that proclamation coming from the mouth of Jesus knocks his pursuers on their backs. After they stand up, Jesus repeats his question, "Whom do you seek?" When they repeat that they are looking for Jesus, he declares again, "I am."
Later in the passage, we have the slave girl asking Peter if he was with Jesus. His response is the negative of Christ's response. He says, "I am not." He is asked again, and again he repeats the same words, "I am not." I don't think it's an accident that the author presented this in the way that he did. Jesus declares his divinity. In other passages he even accepts worship, and does not deny who he is. In contrast, his disciples, and even angels, quickly declare that they are not God and will not receive worship. By the time that John wrote this, Peter had been an amazing leader of the church. John leaves no question that Peter is human and very fallible. He also leaves no question that Jesus is divine.