The “I AM” Saying of Christ

And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM’; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘ I AM has sent me to you'” (Exo. 3:14)

The above statement was given to Moses when God called him to be the deliverer of the children of Israel. Moses wanted to know how to respond when the Children of Israel asked for the name of the God who sent him. “I AM” is the root of the name JEHOVAH. Jesus used the “I AM” statement, both to reveal his Divine nature, and to show His purpose as Messiah:

  1. Messiah had to be the unique God-man. I AM He.” (Joh. 4:26) The woman at the well was looking for the promised Messiah Christ. This was Jesus’ response to her. Remember another title for the Messiah was “Immanuel” (Mat. 1:23) which means “God with us.”
  2. Only Jesus Christ can feed the hunger of men’s souls. “I AM the bread of life.” (Joh. 6:35, Joh. 6:41, Joh. 6:48, Joh. 6:51)
  3. Only God in human flesh could bring light into a sin-darkened world. “I AM the light of the world.” (Joh. 8:12; Joh. 9:5; Joh. 12:46) “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (Joh. 1:4)
  4. In order to give eternal life, the Savior must be eternal. “Jesus said to them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.‘” (Joh. 8:58) “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
  5. Only the Son of God could offer entrance into eternal life. “I AM the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved.” (Joh. 10:9a)
  6. Only the Messiah (God-incarnate) could claim to be the unique, only-begotten Son of God. “I AM the Son of God.” (Joh. 10:36b) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (Joh. 1:1)
  7. The Lord Jesus Christ is the very essence of eternal life. “I AM the resurrection and the life.” (Joh. 11:25)
  8. To Jesus alone belongs the title “LORD.” “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I AM.” (Joh. 13:13)
  9. Therefore, Jesus the Messiah is the only way to God. “Jesus said to him, “I AM the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (Joh. 14:6)

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