The next “I AM” begins with the story of Lazarus, one of Jesus’ closest friends. Lazarus became very sick, but it was time Jesus showed His power and glory and He was going to do more than heal. (spoiler alert!) He was going to raise him from the dead! Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life.
What does it mean to be a shepherd? A shepherd leads the flock. He takes care of the flock. He protects the flock and never steers them wrong. He will never let them go astray and if they wander off he will bring them back and rescue them from any bad situation. He is always there for his sheep. In the Bible, a shepherd is not only one who takes care of his sheep, but is also a leader and a teacher. Jesus is all those things and so much more. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Good Shepherd”
Jesus says He is the door to His sheep. He is also the gate, the way to salvation. He is the gateway between this world and heaven, between this life and eternal life, between us and the Father. Continue reading “I AMs…The Door, The Gate”
Jesus is the Light. He came to this earth as a light in a world of darkness. Our world is getting darker and Satan is at work trying to subdue the light while he still has time. But, the good news is Jesus is coming and his light cannot be subdued! Until then, we must be the light, reflecting the light of Jesus in the world around us. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Light of the World”
I thought it would be fun and interesting to go through the “I AM’s” in John that Jesus proclaims. Saying “I AM” was kind of taboo in the Jewish society because they did not want to utter God’s name Yahweh that he proclaims to Moses for the people, which means “I AM.” When Jesus said to the people, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM,” they were angry and offended because they did not believe that He was God (John 8:58). But He is and has shown through the miracles and His death and resurrection. He lives today in each of us that believe and trust in Jesus Christ. Today we will start with the first “I AM,” The Bread of Life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Bread of Life”