Back in early February we learned that God had effectively named Himself when He told Moses to tell the people of Israel “I AM has sent me to you”. Ex. 3:14
Roughly 1960 years later, Jesus clarified His sovereign authority in response to unbelief of the Jews and others when He said…”before Abraham was, I AM.”John 8:58
He went on to make seven profound “I am” statements to the Jews and others that carried great significance at the time.
“I am the bread of life” promising those who come to Him would never hunger or thirst. As bread sustains physical life so Christ sustains spiritual life.
John 6:35, 41, 48, 51
“I am the light of the world” promising the lost world of darkness He will give Himself as the guiding light of life if they will follow Him.
“I am the door of the sheep” promising salvation, secure freedom, and spiritual sustenance to those who enter into a relationship with Him. The shepherd always standing guard at the door. John 10:7, 9
“I am the good shepherd” promising to give His life for His followers who have entered into the door of relationship with Him.
John 10:11, 14
“I am the resurrection and the life” promising those who believe in the resurrection of Christ shall live eternally. Death is not the final word for those in Christ! John 11:25
“I am the way, the truth, and he life” promising the only way to the Father is through Him. He is the way to God, the truth of God, and the life of God.
“I am the true vine” promising His followers, who abide in Him, will bear fruit to honor the Father as the branch of the vine bares fruit. John 15:1, 5
Speaking from the human standpoint it takes a decisive action on our part to claim these promises of Christ.
We must come to Jesus for the bread of life.
We must follow Jesus out of the world of darkness.
We must enter the door of salvation.
We must commit our self to the relationship we have entered.
We must believe the resurrection of Christ, and ourselves, is a reality.
We must understand Jesus is the only pathway to the Father in Heaven.
We must abide in Christ always. His life flowing in and through us enables us to bear fruit that honors the Father.