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Jesus is arrested in the olive grove called Gethsemane: John 18:1–2; Mark 14:32–42; Matthew 26:36-46; Luke 22:39–46; Mark 14:43–52; Matthew 26:47–56; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:3–24
A mob of Roman soldiers and Temple priests armed with clubs and swords finally arrested Jesus in the middle of the night, when there were few people to protest. Even with overwhelming force, they were powerless.
A simple statement of Jesus as the I AM was enough:
John 18:5 … they all drew back and fell to the ground!
This is the Jesus who could walk away from an angry mob on a cliff’s edge, and later through some angry Temple officials trying to arrest Him. Instead of defending Himself, or walking away, he allowed His own arrest:
Matthew 26:53-54 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for twelve legions of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?