Who Is Jesus?
The Seven “I Am” Statements
The Gospel of John contains seven statements giving the reader a clear picture of Jesus. It is no accident that John gives us seven. This is the number of perfection. These
“I Am” sayings go back to Exodus 3:13-15 where God revealed Himself to Abraham as the great I AM THAT I AM. The seven declarations are:
- And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst”
- Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life”
- “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”
- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep”
- Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live”
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”
- “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser”
Just in case the reader missed it, John makes it even clearer by recording the time the Jews tried to kill Jesus for claiming be the I AM of the Old Testament scriptures (John 8:52-59). In the story the Jews asked Jesus,
“You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus answered them in a way that they could not miss, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” The Jews reaction was to try to stone Jesus because he claimed to be equal to God
We only have one of four options or conclusions left to us by Jesus.
I love S. C. Lewis’ conclusion: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with a man who said he was a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with some patronising [sic] nonsense about Him being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to”
(Mere Christianity, 52).
- Option one, the stories in the Bible are all legend. Jesus never really existed and all the stories in the Bible are fables.
- Option two, Jesus was a liar. Jesus willfully and duplicitously spun lie after lie. He laid claim to a title and a position to which He had no right. He promised to people things He knew He could not deliver.
- Option three, Jesus was a lunatic. Jesus, deranged and deluded, told stories and taught things about Himself which revealed insanity, not inspiration; delusion not divinity.
- Option four, the correct conclusion, Jesus is Lord. Jesus’ promises and claims may be relied upon. He is God in the flesh. He is the God-Man and the Savior of the world.
Who is Jesus? He is the Bread to feed upon, the Light to follow, the Door to enter, the Shepherd to guide, the Resurrection upon which to wait, the Way of salvation to trust, and the Vine in which to abide.
One preacher said, “He came as He was to be what He was; He came as He did to do what He did.” Come to Jesus Christ now and you’ll never regret it; however, reject Jesus Christ and you’ll never cease regretting it. The hell of hell will be the opportunity you had to be saved, but, instead, you spit in Jesus Christ’s divine face.
~ Bro. P