VIDEO The 7 “I AM” Sayings of Jesus

 

The Seven I Am’s Of Jesus

Jesus said “I am the light of the world,” and several other “I am” statements. What do these mean?

The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John is the only Gospel that contains all seven of Jesus’ “I am” statements, and each one is significant and had special meaning which only the Jews could understand. There is another “I am” statement in the Book of Revelation, but these “I am” statements in the Gospel of John point back to the Old Testament and also into the kingdom. They actually prove that Jesus is God and was the God of the Old Testament. That’s what the Apostle Paul seemed to understand as well. When God revealed Himself to Moses in the burning bush, He told Moses His name is “I AM,” and “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you’” (Ex 3:14b). I AM means the self-existent one and always “being,” unlike we who at one time didn’t exist. Only after birth did we come into being, and we are human, finite beings, but God is and always was, since He inhabits eternity. Paul acknowledged that ancient Israel “all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ” (1st Cor 10:4), which explains why Jesus could authoritatively say, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). The Jews knew what Jesus meant and that’s why they tried to stone Him, but Jesus hid Himself from them because it wasn’t His time (John 8:59), so Jesus was before Abraham. Like us, there was a time when Abraham did not exist, so Jesus directly tells them (and us) He existed before Abraham, therefore by application, He must be God (and He is!).

I Am the Bread of Life

Just after Jesus fed the 5,000, which if you counted the spouses and children, could have been 15,000 or more, they followed Him, but not for the right reason, so He told them “you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves” (John 6:26). They only wanted more bread for their stomach, so Jesus said, “Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal” (John 6:27), and “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35), so “All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out” (John 6:37). That is bread unto eternal life.

I Am the Light of the World

With the Pharisees and other religious leaders there, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). For those who don’t believe, whether they realize it or not, they are walking in darkness and in the ways of their father the Devil, however, such were we too. The light of Christ brings us out of darkness and into the light, and for those who believe, they will no longer walk in darkness.

I Am the Door

I Am the Door or the Good Shepherd could both apply to John 10:7 where Jesus says, in speaking about His sheep, “I am the door of the sheep” (John 10:7). He guards the door to the sheep pen, by lying down at the door, as shepherds used to (and some still) do. That’s why He says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9). No one gets in the pen without going through the door, and that door is Jesus Christ.

I Am the Good Shepherd

Shortly after saying He was the door, He then adds, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). The sheep are helpless without the shepherd because the shepherd leads them to green pastures, leads them to still waters (Psalm 23) because sheep are easily frightened by moving water, but this Shepherd says willingly, “I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:15).

I Am the Resurrection

Since Jesus raised people from the dead, He could say with authority, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25-26)? Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters, found this statement to be true, even though Jesus was speaking of those who have eternal life by believing in Him. After this life and death, they will, and we who trust in Christ will, live again. Jesus has been asking this question for 2,000 years; “Do you believe this?”

I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Jesus, in saying, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), was declaring He was not one of many ways, but the one and only way (Acts 4:12). He is also “the truth,” not “a truth” or “having truth,” and we know He was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Grace without truth could lead to a license to sin, but truth without grace can end up as legalism. Jesus, as “the truth,” means Jesus is truthful in everything He says. Finally, Jesus says He is the life, meaning He is the resurrection and the life. We can read about Lazarus and know that is true. Jesus was the only way to life for Lazarus, and that’s the truth, because there is no other way than through Jesus to receive eternal life (John 6:44). Do you believe this?

I Am the Vine

The vine was symbolic of ancient Israel. So much so that it was actually engraved in the temple and other various places. Israel was to be a fruitful vine, however, Jesus, as the Vine, is the only way a branch can produce fruit. Without abiding in Christ, the true Vine, we can do nothing. He is the source of the fruit of our branches, but unless we abide in Him, there may be no further use for the branch (John 15:6), however, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7), and in this way, Jesus says, “my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8). Notice it proves we are His disciples if we bear “much fruit.” This fruit is borne in many different ways (Matt 25:34-39; James 1:27), but little or much, there should be fruit. If not, there is no abiding in “the Vine,” Jesus Christ, and that’s why nothing is the result (John 15:5).

Conclusion

John adds yet one more “I Am,” of a sort, in the Book of Revelation, where he wrote about seeing Jesus; “I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades” (Rev 1:17). Some glorious day, we will see Jesus “coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen” (Rev 1:7), and there is no mistake about Who He is. That’s why the earth will wail when they see Him. They know its Judgment Day…the Judgment Day of the Great I AM Who declares; “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8). That means today would be the best of days to trust in Christ if you haven’t done so already (2nd Cor 6:2). Don’t delay because He could return at the very next minute…and by then, it’s too late (Rev 20:12-15).

 

by Jack Wellman

The Seven I Am’s Of Jesus


 

The Book of Daniel Explained | David Jeremiah

Jesus employed a set of everyday images to help us visualize some of His most profound truths. We’ll survey His seven “I AM” statements and learn what they mean to us.

No Fishing Allowed

[God will] hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom knew the importance of forgiveness. In her book Tramp for the Lord, she says her favorite mental picture was of forgiven sins thrown into the sea. “When we confess our sins, God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever. . . . I believe God then places a sign out there that says No Fishing Allowed.”

She points to an important truth that believers in Jesus can sometimes fail to grasp—when God forgives our wrongdoing, we’re forgiven fully! We don’t have to keep dredging up our shameful deeds, wallowing in any mucky feelings. Rather we can accept His grace and forgiveness, following Him in freedom.

We see this idea of “no fishing allowed” in Psalm 130. The psalmist proclaims that although God is just, He forgives the sin of those who repent: “But with you there is forgiveness” (v. 4). As the psalmist waits for God, putting his trust in Him (v. 5), he states in faith that He “himself will redeem Israel from all their sins” (v. 8). Those who believe will find “full redemption” (v. 7).

When we’re caught in feelings of shame and unworthiness, we can’t serve God with our whole hearts. Instead, we’re restricted by our past. If you feel stymied by the wrong you’ve done, ask God to help you fully believe in His gift of forgiveness and new life. He’s cast your sins into the ocean!

By:  Amy Boucher Pye

Reflect & Pray

Are you holding on to the false belief that God can’t possibly forgive you for some sin in your life? God wants you to allow His forgiveness to set you free!

Forgiving God, You sent Your Son Jesus to save me from my sins and shame. Help me to live in the freedom of being fully forgiven

Sunday Reflection: The Labor of Peacemaking

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

Peacemaking is proactive work. Seeking justice and reconciliation may require us to enter into conflict, meet needs of the hurting, or provide tangibly for those who lack. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.) Other times our job is simply to listen well. As the book of James puts it, we should be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19).

In Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlined four practical ways to foster reconciliation:

1) Learn not to speak.

2) View every situation in the context of the gospel.

3) Go out of our way to look for methods of making peace.

4) Spread peace wherever we are.

As we put these things into practice, we’re more likely to find ourselves praying more, choosing not to have the last word in a disagreement, or even providing relief for someone experiencing distress or misfortune.

Think about it

• What does it mean to you that the work of making peace is proactive? Is that a new idea or how
you’ve seen it before?

• What are some ways you can put Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s recommendations into practice?

Just Like the Most High

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:14)

These are two of the “I will’s” of Satan—or Lucifer—as he aspired to usurp the throne of God as ruler of the universe (see Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-17). Not content to be “the anointed cherub,” the highest of the angelic hierarchy (Ezekiel 28:14), he wanted to be God, and this monstrous pride became “the condemnation of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6) so that he is now “fallen from heaven” and will soon be “brought down to hell” (Isaiah 14:12, 15).

Lucifer, of course, is not the Creator, for he was “created” (Ezekiel 28:15) himself. It would seem therefore that for him to rationalize his ambition to be like the most High, he must somehow persuade himself that he is like the most High—that is, that God is a created being like himself and thus can be defeated. He only had God’s word that he had been created by Him, and he evidently chose not to believe what God said (just as do multitudes of men and women today).

He, like they, chose rather to believe that the eternal cosmos had somehow created them all by its own powers. The great cosmos (call it Mother Nature, perhaps) has “created” spirit beings, as well as men and women, and all the worlds inhabited by them. In this scenario, the true Creator God is viewed as only one of many. Therefore, He is vulnerable to defeat—or so Satan evidently believes.

Thus, Lucifer became the first evolutionist, and this great lie by which he deceived himself became the basis of his later deception of Eve and then of the founders of all the varied pantheistic religions of the world, as well as modern evolutionism and New Age philosophies. Nevertheless, God is still on His throne, and “the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings” (Revelation 17:14). HMM

Be On The Right Road to the Desired Destination

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

—Jeremiah 10:23

 

The prophet here [in Jeremiah 10:23] turns to a figure of speech, one which appears in the Scriptures so frequently that it is not easy to remember that it is but a figure. Man is seen as a traveler making his difficult way from a past he can but imperfectly recollect into a future about which he knows nothing. And he cannot stay, but must each morning strike his moving tent and journey on toward—and there is the heavy problem—toward what?

It is a simple axiom of the traveler that if he would arrive at the desired destination he must take the right road. How far a man may have traveled is not important; what matters is whether or not he is going the right way, whether the path he is following will bring him out at the right place at last. Sometimes there will be an end to the road, and maybe sooner than he knows; but when he has gone the last step of the way will he find himself in a tomorrow of light and peace, or will the day toward which he journeys be “a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness”?   SOS105-106

I look around me, Lord, and everywhere I see aimless wanderers on a course toward eternal destruction. Help me to be more faithful, even today, to point them toward the right destination. Amen.

 

Holiness for Tainted Souls

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

—Proverbs 9:10

 

We come into the presence of God with tainted souls. We come with our own concept of morality, having learned it from books, from the newspaper and from school. We come to God dirty…and do nothing about it!

If we came to God dirty, but trembling and shocked and awestruck in His presence, if we knelt at His feet and cried with Isaiah, “I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5), then I could understand. But we skip into His awful presence. We’re dirty, but we have a book called Seven Steps to Salvation that gives us seven verses to get us out of our problems. And each year we have more Christians, more people going to church, more church buildings, more money—and less spirituality and less holiness. We’re forgetting “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). I tell you this: I want God to be what God is: the impeccably holy, unapproachable Holy Thing, the All-Holy One. I want Him to be and remain THE HOLY.AOG171-172

Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean;

Oh, be washed in the blood of the Lamb. HCL513

 

How Pure Must I Be?

1 Timothy 5:22

The pristine white brick building was evident from a block away. With the sun’s rays bouncing off the walls, we sensed an air of spotless cleanliness about the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory where our son Doug works as an analytical chemist.

The guide who welcomed us began by explaining the work that went on in that facility. In short, he said it was their job to see that our drinking water is kept pure.

As technology progresses and as the population grows, new sources of pollution present challenges to pure drinking water. For instance, as landfills continue to grow in size and number, the possibility of ground water contamination also increases.

The guide explained how with computers and robotic equipment the chemists and technicians can identify the tiniest potential threat to our water supply and correct it before it becomes a hazard. “We are looking for one part per billion of impurity,” he explained. “If you were to take an acre of sand, which is about 200 feet square, and try to find one impure grain at surface level, that would give you an idea of our task.” He concluded by stating, “There is nothing so precious, so priceless, as clean water.”

We left the laboratory, but I kept thinking of his words, “We are looking for one part per billion of impurity.” Is it really so essential that our drinking water be that pure? If so, what kind of standard must God have for our personal purity? How pure must I be?

“Keep yourself pure,” the Apostle Paul admonished young Timothy (1 Timothy 5:22). How can we live a pure life? It was the Apostle John who wrote the answer to that question. “The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7, 9).

There is nothing so precious, so priceless as a soul cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ!

Joyce Winters, The War Cry