In John’s account of the gospel, there are a number of times Christ describes Himself with “I AM”s.  You can be, He is saying, because I AM.

 John 14:10-11.  “I am in the Father.” Jesus is God (John 8:24 – I am HE).  He is the Word that was in the beginning with God and was God.  He is the Word who created us.  He is the One who came and lived among us.  He is Emmanuel – God with us.

  • Because Jesus is God, and not a prophet, because Jesus is God and not a God, He was both of heaven by nature and of earth by choice.  Because spans the gap between the two.  We have access to God and heaven because of Christ.
  • Because Jesus is God, the things that He teaches are authority.  What He says is the standard of what is right and wrong.  His words will in effect judge us in the Day of Judgment.

John 6:35-51.  “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” There is more here than we have space to deal with. In essence, when we have Christ in us we have the Spiritual food that we need to survive.  Christ dwells in us and with us when we obey His will.  (John 15 Abides in Me).

  • The spiritual food that Jesus provides is all that we need. We do not require nourishment from any other source.  In fact to feed on any word but His, or in addition to His, can fill is with what is bad for us. The words of men are contaminated.  (organic foods)

John 8:12. “I am the light of the world.” Jesus is The Light.  One poet compared Jesus to a lighthouse.  When we understand the purpose of a lighthouse, we can understand what Jesus is saying. Lighthouses (light in general) helps us see our way. When we follow Jesus we have the light of life.  The Psalmist said of God’s word that it is a light and lamp.

John 10:7-9. “I am the door of the sheep.”  Jesus is the way into our safe haven.  He provides access to a place of rest.  That place is the church and it is our eternal home with God.  That sheepfold is figurative of our salvation.  In Acts 4:12, Peter and John affirm that there is no other name under heaven other that Jesus’ name whereby we can be saved.

  • There are many religions and movements that claim to provide a way to God or gods, but there is only one God, and there is only one way to God.  That is through Jesus Christ.  Galatians 3:26,27.

John 10:11-14.  “I am the Good Shepherd.” Jesus is more than the door of the sheep. He is also the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23. He provides, comforts, protects, heals, leads, and loves us.  He knows each of us by name.

John 15:1-5. “I am the vine. . . ” As branches in the vine, we bear the fruit of Jesus. One description of that fruit is the FoS (Love, Joy, Peace . . .).  When we bear that fruit we have true happiness and success.  Bearing that fruit depends upon our being a branch in the vine.  To be a branch we must be in Jesus, that requires our obedience to Him.  Obedience results from loving the One we know and Who knows us.

John 11:25.” I am the resurrection and the life.” Paul refers the Jesus as the first fruit of the resurrection.  Implies that because Christ was raised from the dead, we too will rise from the grave.  When Christ returns – the dead in Christ will rise first.

  • The key is not being dead, but being IN CHRIST.  Those who believe in Jesus will live even if they die.  Belief carries the idea of obedience.  If read a sign that says dangerous curves speed limit 35, if you believe the sign you will slow to the recommended speed, if you don’t believe the sign, you could find yourself in a ditch.  If you believe you obey.  (Mark 16:15-16).

John 14:1-6. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus went back to be with God, but in being with us, dying, and rising, He provided (prepared) a way for us to go and be with Him.  The Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ satisfied all the requirements of the law of sin and death.  Romans 8:2.

There is no other way but His way.  There is no other savior, but Christ.  There is no greater news than His Gospel.

– Scott

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