Today's reading includes the events from Jesus' time in the garden of Gethsemane, through His trials before the Jewish leaders. After Jesus has finished praying, He wakes His disciples as a detachment of soldiers and officials carrying torches and weapons enter the garden to arrest Him. Jesus asks them who they are looking for. They answer that they are looking for Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus answers, "I am he," they all of a sudden draw back and fall to the ground. I just wonder what kind of power those words were spoken with, the same words with which Jesus had previously declared Himself as THE "I Am", that it caused all of these arresting soldiers to fall back.
When Jesus is before Caiaphas and the council, He does not actively answer the false accusations made against Him. However, when He is plainly asked, "Are you the Christ?" He doesn't hesitate to respond.
"I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."