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The “I am’s” of Christ

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The“IAm”sof Christ
John 8:51-58
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John 8:51-58
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Introduction
Jesus faces the Jews in the temple & they berated HimAccused Him of blasphemyThis was His bold claim to Deity!If He was not God, then he was guilty of blasphemy!Punishment forblasphemy was death - Leviticus 24:16God made this claim to Moses at the burning bushExodus 3:1-14He is the God who is omnipotent, eternal, and superior in every way to anyone or anything!Previously appeared to Abraham, & comforted himPromised to protect and provide to him in a hostile land - Genesis 15:1-7“IAm”s(Lord, Jehovah [ Heb. -“Yahweh”]) in the OT:At least 7 in Genesis - 15:1, 7; 17:1; 26:24; 28:13; 35:11; 46:321 in Exodus7 in Psalms (Prophetic in nature) - Psa. 22:6; 40:17; 69:8, 20, 29; 102:7, 11Final OT“I am”in Malachi 3:7 -“ForI am the LORD, I changenot…”“IAm”sin Revelation - 1:8, 11, 17, 18; 2:23; 21:6; 22:9, 13, 16The Gospel of John contains the most beautiful and personal“IAm”sof Jesus and in meaning, express His Deity!
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“thebread oflife”John 6:35, 48, 51
Jesus is thegiverof breadReference made to the manna in the wildernessGiven by God - Exodus 16:15; Numbers 11:7Fed His disciples and multitudes with physical food5000 - John 6:1-144000 - Matthew 15:29-39He is the source of all blessing - both physical and spiritualJames 1:17Jesus is thegift, refers to Himself as“the bread”He is the gift of GodThe sustainer of the spiritThe One through whom all spiritual blessing are made possibleEphesians 1:3He is the“living bread…from heaven”vs. 51“Iam the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of theworld”- Jn. 6:51
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“thelight of theworld”John 8:12
John described Jesus as“the True Light”John 1:1-9 - Word and the Light1 John 1:1-9 - Called God and the LightJesus is the source of Light and TruthJohn 8:12-59Jesus distinguished His teaching as“Light”in contrast to the darkness of the religious teachers of his dayHe insinuated that the teachers of His day did not have the light of life, but walked in darknessTaught the people that they must follow Him to have the light“Iam the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light oflife”- John 8:12
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“thedoor of thesheep”John 10:7, 9
The parable of the Sheepfold and the Good Shepherd - vss. 1-16The sheepfold wasweresheep were kept over night!Usually one shepherd guarded the entrance, hence Jesus illusion to this!The“porter”was at the door - vs. 3Christians are of His fold! - vs. 16Entrance to His fold is one His terms!Obedience to the Gospel is of a necessity!2 Thessalonians 1:7-9“Mostassuredly, I say to you, I am the door of thesheep…Iam the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and findpasture”-John 10:7 & 9
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“thegoodshepherd”John10:11, 14
Describes Himself as the“Good Shepherd”This suggests there were bad ones!Jesus was the protector and leader of the sheep - no reason to fear Him!Shepherds and sheepwere frequentlyused in Jesus’ teachingsParable of the lost sheep Matthew18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7Called his disciples His“little flock”- Luke12:32The “Good Shepherd” protects and feeds the sheep!The sheep hear His voice (obey Him) - vs. 16, 27Jesus is the“Shepherd and Bishop”of our souls.1 Peter 2:25“Iam the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for thesheep…Iam the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by Myown”- John 10:11, 14
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“theresurrection, and thelife”John 11:25
This was said by Jesus in connection with the raising of Lazarus - vss. 1-44Mary understood it in light of the final resurrectionThis statement was a test of and to surprise the faith of MaryPossessing a spiritual relationship with the Son of God can make the spiritually dead alive again and the living shall not die - vss. 25-26Parable of the lost son - Luke 15:22-32Romans 5:10; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Philippians 1:21"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shalllive…Andwhoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believethis? -John 11:25
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“theway, the truth, and thelife”-John 14:6
This statement made in reply to the question asked by Thomas - vs. 5Jesus is:The way(theone and only one way)Greek suggests a road or pathwayThe proper wayVs. 6b -“No one comes to the Father except throughMe”The Truth- He is not connect to a source of Truth, He is the truth!It is the essence of His being as the Divine Word - John 1:1John 17:17The Life-He is the source of spiritual and physical lifeJohn 1:4; 9:5; John 20:31; 1 John 5:11“Jesussaid to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except throughMe”- John 14:6
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“the vine”John 15: 1, 5
Relationship with Christ, as a Vine to the BranchesA lesson on spiritual horticultureChrist is the“true vine”Father is the“husbandman”Disciples (branches) must:Abide in the vine and bear fruit - Vs. 2This speaks of abiding in His word2 John 9-11Branch cannot bear itself - Must receive support from the Vine - Vs. 4Cannot survive,“except”we abide in the Vine! - Vs. 5-6We glorify the Father when we abide in Christ and bear fruit - Vs.8"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser…I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can donothing”- John 15:1, 5
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Conclusion
The“Iam”sof Jesus illustrate His remarkable Deity!“…thebread oflife”“…thelight of theworld”“…thedoor of the sheep”“…thegoodshepherd”“…theresurrection, and thelife”“…theway, the truth, and thelife”“…the vine”May we always respect His Deity and reverence Him!
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