Jesus’ Seven “I Am” Statements -Talking Christianity

I Am Statements By Jesus:

I am Statements Of JesusI Am statements by Jesus –  Jesus’ “I Am” statements would have particular significance to the first – century Jewish listener. God had revealed Himself to Moses with a resounding “I Am”. See Exodus 3:14. Now Jesus was using the same words to describe Himself. See John 4:26, 6:20 and 13:19.

  1. “I am the bread of life.” – See John 6:35, 41, 48, and 51. These words were said after Jesus fed the five thousand and the people wanted more free food.

The Significance: As bread sustains physical life, so Christ offers and sustains spiritual life. The nourishment and satisfaction He offers are permanent.

  1. “I am the light of the world.” – See John 8:12. Jesus made this statement during the feast of Tabernacles. At this feast a huge candelabra was lit in the women’s court of the temple. It reminded the Israelites of the pillar of fire which guided their ancestors during the wilderness wanderings.

The Significance: To a world stumbling about in darkness of sin, Christ offers Himself as a constant guide. Light is also symbolic of holiness.

 

I am Statements By Jesus In Details:

 

  1. “I am the door of the sheep.” – See John 10:7, 9. Jesus made this statement during a discourse with Israel’s religious leaders in which Jesus in essence declared them to be unfit shepherds of the nation.

The Significance: Shepherds guided their flock into stone enclosures each night to protect them. These structures had no doors. The shepherd would sit or lie in the opening to prevent predators from attacking. Thus Jesus was describing His care and constant devotion to those who are His.

  1. “I am the good shepherd.” – See John 10:11, 14. Jesus made this statement during a discourse with Israel’s religious leaders in which Jesus in essence declared them to be unfit shepherds of the nation.

The Significance: Unlike hirelings who might run away and leave the flock unprotected, Jesus is committed to caring for and keeping watch over His people.

  1. “I am the resurrection and the life.” – See John 11:25. Jesus made this statement after Lazarus had died. It was made as response to Martha.

The Significance: Jesus is the Lord of all life and possesses the power to raise the dead. Death is not the final word for all who are in Christ will live forever.

 

The Conclusion:

 

  1. “I am the way, the truth and the life.” See John 14:6. Jesus made this statement when the disciples confused about Jesus’ statements about heaven.

The Significance: Jesus is the one and only way to the Father. He is the source of all truth and the source for all knowledge about God. He offers to spiritually dead people the very life of God.

  1. “I am the true vine.” See John 15:1, 5. Jesus made this statement in the upper room where He was discussing about His arrest that would take place same night.

The Significance: The Old Testament contains many references to Israel as God’s vine. See Psalms 80:8, Isaiah 5:1-7, Ezekiel 15, Hosea 10:1. Because of the nation’s unfruitfulness Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan by attaching ourselves to Christ we enable His life to flow through us. Then we can help but bear fruits that will honour the Father. In this metaphor, He is the gardener.

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