The “I Am” Series: The Introduction

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I’m starting a new series on the I Am statements Jesus makes in the gospel of John. The series will be made of up of 9 parts. Each post will be shorter in length; 350 to 400 words. Like all Biblical truths, the “I Am” statements are full of nuggets of golden goodness. The posts will be shorter to not overwhelm anyone who may be new to the Christian faith or anyone who is just checking out Who Jesus truly is.

John’s purpose for writing his gospel was to present Jesus as God by showing His Deity. John 20:30-31 says, “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” From the beginning of the gospel, Jesus exercised His power as God. He exercised His omniscient mind upon meeting Nathanael; John 1:47-48 says, “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to Him, “How do You know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”’[1] John is the only gospel author who records the “I am” statements of Christ. There are a total of eight “I am” statements in John; seven times “I am” is attached to a metaphor and the eighth claim Christ makes an even greater statement about Himself.[2] The “I am” expression had a connotation for the Jews; in the Old Testament, Jehovah revealed His name to Moses as “I am” in Exodus 3:14 (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.’”).[3] The Jews in Christ’s time knew that when He said, “I am,” He was claiming to be Jehovah the self-existing One.[4] Each time Jesus made the statement, “I am,” He was claiming Deity.

 

[1] Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy, Across the Spectrum: Understanding Issues in Evangelical Theology. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1999), 114.

[2] Elmer Towns, The Gospel of John: Believe and Live. (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2002), xiv.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

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