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The seven I AMs of Jesus in the book of John

While some assert Jesus never claimed to be the son of God there are many places within the New Testament where he calls himself. "I AM" a name God used for himself in the Old Testament.

Moses learned first hand God's chosen name. While out, tending sheep God came to Moses, in a burning bush. He called Moses to go and free His people from slavery in Egypt. Moses, instead of just picking up his sandals and going where God called him to go argued with God.

In the midst of the argument,in Exodus 3:13. Moses says to God these words, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”

God in verse 14 replies to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Jesus, many centuries after Moses comes to mankind as God in the flesh. He does not shout from the mountain tops "I am God, come worship me," but He did many times, through His words, give clear indications of who he was and though His deeds He demonstrated the truth of His words.

In John there are seven "I AM," by Jesus which affirms to others His deity as the Son of God the Most High.

  • I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John :35).
  • 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).
  • "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).
  • "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep," (John 10:11).
  • "I am the resurrection and the life.[b] Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live," (John 11:25).
  • "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6).
  • "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1).

Seven declarative I AM statements, seven references Jesus offers to reveal His divinity and if people still didn't get what He was saying about himself Jesus has this to say

"I and the Father are one.” John 10:30.

There is no doubt in His words Jesus wanted others to know He was God's promised, the One who would come to save His people from the effects of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden.

The sad part is many times people reacted to Jesus declaration of being I AM with anger. In John 10:30, after He declared he was equal with God the people tried to stone him to death, which was the punishment for blasphemy. In the end Jesus died on a cross for putting himself on the same level with God. It was only after His resurrection did some come to believe in His divinity.

Today, there is still some debate over the true nature of Jesus, a man, a liar, a lunatic or truly the Son of God. In the end the truth will set the heart free.

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