“I am …”             

In one of the four Gospels of the Bible (John), the writer records various phrases from Jesus when he identifies himself in dramatic ways using the words “I am”. 

“I am the bread of life”; “ I am the light of the world”; “ I am the good shepherd”; “ I am the gate”; “ I am the way, the truth and the life”; “ I am the resurrection and the life”; “ I am the vine”; and, most graphically, “Before Abraham was, I am”. [Abraham had lived around 2000 years earlier]

While this use of “I am” doesn’t carry much significance when translated into English (we focus on the rest of the phrase), in the original language, it was not the normal way of identifying yourself.  The actual phrase Jesus used carried a much stronger interpretation.  God had revealed himself to Moses as the “I am” – the ever present one – and this version of the phrase became the divine name which was rarely if ever used outside worship.  Jesus’ use of the word to proclaim divine attributes about himself was as close to saying “I am God” as he could have got without actually saying it.  The reaction of the people showed that they understood what he was claiming.

Who is Jesus? 01: Jesus, the Christ/Messiah

Who is Jesus? 02: Jesus, the Son of God

Who is Jesus? 03: Jesus Pre-existent

Who is Jesus? 04: Jesus, the Son of Man

Who is Jesus? 05: Jesus, the Great Teacher

Who is Jesus? 06: Jesus, and his claims about himself

Who is Jesus? 07: Key events in the life of Jesus

Who is Jesus? 08: Knowing Jesus personally

Who is Jesus? 09: Becoming a Christian

Who is Jesus? 10: What is the Bible?