By Paddy Elkins
Valley Bugler Columnist
The “I AM” statements of Jesus. The Gospel of John contains a lot of “red letters”, direct quotes from Jesus, faithfully recalled and recorded by John, the brother of James, the son of Zebedee.
James and John were among the first of Jesus’ 12 apostles, called away from their fishing nets to “Follow Jesus”, along with Peter and Andrew, two other brothers who were their fishing partners. Jesus told the four fishermen that they would become “fishers of men”.
The four faithfully followed Jesus until He was crucified and three days later arose from the dead. Then they, along with the other apostles (minus Judas), turned the world upside down with their preaching of the Good News that the promised Redeemer had come, and His name is JESUS!
But Who was this Jesus?
Here are several of the “I AM” statements in John’s Gospel.
Jesus definitely wanted us to KNOW Him and to KNOW Who He was and is in history:
To the Woman at the Well, who mentioned that Messiah was coming, He said: “I AM…He”.
To His disciples, He said: “I AM the bread of life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.”
I AM the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
“I AM the door of the sheep… I AM come that they may have life, and that more abundantly.”
I AM the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep… I know My sheep and they know Me.”
“I AM the Son of God.”
I AM the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
“I AM the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
“I AM the vine; ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me and I in him…bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing.”
“Before Abraham was, I AM.”
One day Jesus asked Peter: “Who do you say that I AM?” Peter answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Jesus asks each of us that same question. It is not enough to know that He is THE Messiah. Is He MY Messiah? Is He YOURS?
He can be! “He stands at the door (of our hearts) and knocks”. Anyone who opens the door can sup with Him and have fellowship with Him.
If you’ve never opened your heart to Him, today can be the “beginning of the rest of your life”.
Open the door.