Jesus In John …. The Great I Am …… April 22, 2018
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV
Counting within the verse above, there are seven plus times Jesus referred to himself as I AM, in the gospel of John. 6:35 I AM the Bread of life… 8:12 I AM the Light of the world… 10:9 I AM the Door… 10:11 I AM the Good Shepard… 11:25-26 I AM the Resurrection and the Life… 15:1 A AM the True Vine. The question which needs to be answered concerning our life is this: If Jesus were asked if He was living in you, would His answer be “I am?” Because when the I AM… Jesus… lives in the Christian, it enables that person to refer to the “I am’s” that he or she is, because the great I AM lives within them. I am a child of God. (John 1:12) I am Christ’s friend. (John 15:15) I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:37) I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 3:16) I am a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) I am God’s workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10) I am a citizen of Heaven. (Philippians 3:20) I am loved. (1 John 4:10) and so many more “I am’s” because of Jesus in the believer’s life. Jesus makes very clear to us the way we are to experience the truth and receive life. It is exclusively by Him that we are able to b all these things and one day stand justified from our sin before God.
Jesus said, “I AM THE WAY.”
Let’s be clear; Jesus did not say, “I am a way;” He said, “THE WAY.” In the thinking and philosophy of some in the world in which we live today, He would be considered very closed-minded to say such a thing. Truth is…. He is. It made Him unpopular when He walked upon the earth, and it is not much different in some circles today. Truth is, though, He didn’t come to be popular, He came to save all who would believe, from sin and death. If there was any other way, then His suffering and death upon the cross would have been unnecessary. However, it was absolutely necessary, for the Bible clearly teaches there is no forgiveness of sin without the shedding of blood. (Hebrews 9:22) Jesus was the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
Jesus said, “I AM THE TRUTH”
Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 ESV To abide means to live there, and we need to live in God’s word…. the Bible. This is not just an address which we visit, but the place where we live. We live there by hiding it in our hearts…. Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 NKJV How does this set you free? When you are in Christ as a Christian, you are all the things listed in the opening paragraph above, and more. It is freeing to know you are more in Christ than you could ever be on your own. To realize that you are saved by grace not your works means you understand the purpose of the cross, and this should cause you to live always with an attitude of gratitude toward God. You will express gratitude by striving to live on purpose the teachings of the Bible…. God’s word of truth.
Jesus said, “I AM THE LIFE.”
The life of which Jesus speaks is life without end, because there is no end to His life. Even though He was crucified and died, He rose again because death could not hold Him. Jesus is life everlasting… (John3:16) At the tour of Lazarus Jesus spoke these words, “I am the resurrection and THE life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26 ESV This belief is not an intellectual knowledge but a life knowledge. It is a belief that changes the way you live because you know Him as Savior and Lord. When you know Him as Savior, you have never-ending life, and have been set free from the clutches of sin and death.
When Jesus described Himself as the way, truth and life, He also made clear no one comes the God except through Him. Many roads do not lead to Heaven, for to believe this would be saying Jesus lied and his death was unnecessary. Jesus is God in the flesh, and God never lies. Paul said this in Titus 1:2 ESV…… “In hope of eternal life, which God WHO NVER LIES, promised before the ages began.” The invitation to come to the way, truth and life is open to whosoever will. (John 3:16) The first step is to confess and believe… If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10 ESV This is a confession made by faith, believing Jesus did all the work required for salvation from sin. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is THE GIFT OF GOD, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV Let us therefore live and walk with heart knowledge of way, truth, and the life that the world may see in us…. THE GREAT I AM….. JESUS.
Because of His Grace ~Pastor David