John 18:6-10
John 18:6 (KJB)
As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Here is the great blindness of the unbelievers. As soon as Jesus told them ďI Am heĒ they had all fell backwards. Falling backwards in the Bible is a sign of being under Godís judgment. This is why those who teach the false teaching of being slain in the spirit are literally blaspheming the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not slay but He makes people spiritually alive. See my study on the charismatic teaching on Slain in the Spirit at  This incident had shown that Jesus was in control of the entire situation and that he could have slain all of them right where they stood. When they see Him on Judgment Day, they will bow before Him and then they will realize who they were arresting.
John 18:7 (KJB)
Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.
Then Jesus repeats the question to them and they still answer in the same derogatory manner as they did the first time. The spiritually dead have no fear of God just as the Scriptures teach. (Rom 3:18 KJV) There is no fear of God before their eyes.
John 18:8 (KJB)
Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:
Jesus answered the second time and probably by this time they were just getting back up and cleaned off from being thrown to the ground. Jesus reiterates that He is the one they want and that they should let the disciples go because it was Him they were seeking and not the followers. It was also a signal for them to depart from the garden so they would not be included in the arrest. Remember, it was Christ alone who died for our sins and there could be no one else involved.
John 18:9 (KJB)
That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.
Jesus now refers back to His prayer and quotes John 17:12. (John 17:12 KJV) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. The disciples would not be touched because Jesus fulfilled His own prayer request that not one except the son of perdition, that is, Judas, was lost. The eleven which were with Him were predestined to be saved but Judas was not to be saved because he was the betrayer.
John 18:10 (KJB)
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
Peter, still not understanding what was taking place, especially in light of the fact that all the enemies of Christ had just been thrown to the ground which was a miracle done in the sight of all. Peter still thought that he was able to protect Jesus from arrest by taking up the sword. His intent may have been good but for two things, 1) Jesus had to be taken because it was Godís plan, and 2) Peter could not have held off that large crowd for very long since it seemed that he was the only one who had a sword. Malchus may have been close to Jesus and was probably reaching for Him to arrest Him and that is when Peter struck him with the sword. I have often wondered what went through the mind of Malchus when Jesus restored his ear after all that blood was shed when the ear came off. Here was another miracle done out of the compassion of Jesus. I wonder if Malchus mentioned this event at the trial of Jesus? Probably not, because he would have feared the Temple leaders.