Senior Minister Justin Danielson, Parkview Christian Church
God introduces Himself in the Old Testament as “I Am.” This may seem a strange way for Him to announce Himself. He explained it to Moses through a burning bush in Exodus 3:14 this way, “God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.” Jesus continues in the New Testament with this identification of “I Am.” Seven times, the Son of God calls Himself “I Am” in the book of John. Let’s take a look at those references and some brief explanations.
I AM – The Bread of Life (John 6) – John 6:35; 48 and 51, “35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 48 I am the bread of life. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Here Jesus is saying that He is all the spiritual food we need. Just as God provided manna for the Israelites every morning to sustain them throughout the day physically, Jesus sustains us spiritually through His Word (the Bible), prayer as we communicate with God, and through the I AM – The Light of the World (John 8) – John 8:12, “12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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