Bible Activity/Discussion

The significance of “I Am”

Jesus once had a heated discussion with the Jews of His time because of His usage of “I am”. The Jews were upset and they took up stones to stone Him for making Himself equal with God. They thought He was blaspheming.Β 

If you go back toΒ Exodus 3:13-14, when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush and told him to go to Egypt to free His people, Moses asked God what His name was, God, replied, “I AM THAT I AM.”Β 

“Before Abraham was, I am.” simply lets us know that Abraham was brought into being, but Jesus existed eternally.

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Jesus used “I Am” in seven declarations of Himself:

1. I am the bread of lifeΒ John 6:35. Jesus is our spiritual sustenance and He supports and maintains the life that He gives.Β 

2. I am the light of the worldΒ John 8:12. Through Him, we gain spiritual understanding and His judgments are true because of His relationship with the Father.

3. I am the doorΒ John 10:9. And becauseΒ He is, we have unlimited access to His Kingdom.

4. I am the good ShepherdΒ John 10:11. He paid our entrance fee with His life.

5. I am the resurrection and the lifeΒ John 11:25. Our eternal life is guaranteed; Christ is able of Himself to raise men from death to life.

6. I am the way, the truth, and the lifeΒ John 14:6. He is the ONLY MEANS through which men can approach the Father.

7. I am the true vineΒ John 15:1. And we are the branches of this Vine. I want to explore more of this metaphor later on.

Perhaps if the Jews of Jesus’s days had ears to hear (His Word) and eyes to see (His miracles/signs), then they wouldn’t have missed the significance of “I AM”.

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57Β Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

58Β Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8:57-58

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20 thoughts on “The significance of “I Am””

  1. Amen! Glory to God in the highest! He is the GREAT I AM forever and always! Thank you for going in depth with this! God bless and continue to equip you for his continual works in Jesus Name! πŸ™πŸ’―βœ¨

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