Swoon theories are like urban myths. When examined, the actual facts disprove the myth, but the myth keeps getting repeated. So, the writers of the gospels—and especially John—were careful to document the reality of Jesus’ physical death and his physical resurrection.
Caiaphas waited expectantly. He had been forceful in his insistence that Jesus was an agitator, inciting trouble all over Judea, having started his insurgency in the northernmost reaches of Jewish territory and bringing subversion all the way down to Jerusalem.
Habakkuk evokes the deer which nimbly “tread upon the heights,” escaping, in the end, the trampling horses of Babylon.
So far, this last evening together had been troubling. Jesus washing their feet, the abrupt departure of Judas, Jesus predicting Peter's defection. Now to see Jesus was to see God? They were to do greater works than Jesus?
As the wind whipped his worn cloak and sang through the courtyard, he spoke for Jesus. “If this one was not from God, he would not be able to do anything!”