Jesus said, “I am…”

 

Jesus claimed to be God!
Jesus made several “I am” statements that tell us who He is!
• “I AM the bread of life.”
•  “I AM the light of the world”
•  “I AM the good shepherd.”
•  “I AM the door.”
•  “I AM the resurrection and the life.”
•  “I AM the way … truth … and the life.”
•  “I AM the vine.”

There’s a lot of crazy information out there today about Jesus. Get it from the internet, or from a media outlet, or from some published resource … you can find almost anything out there that you want to believe! And even though there’s a good chance that information isn’t true, people will be spreading that information none the less! That’s why it’s more important than ever that you know what the Bible has to say about Jesus Christ. When you rely on the truth of God’s Word to ground you in your faith, you will be able to trust God in any situation!

 Jesus claimed to be God! He really did! And that’s one fact that can be proven in the Bible. Jesus actually claimed that He was the “I AM” that God had called Himself in the Old Testament. 

In Exodus 3:14-15, we read, “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: “I am has sent me to you.” ’

God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, “The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.”

‘This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.’ ” (NIV)

Jesus continues to be the “I AM” because of his resurrection from the dead.

And then in John 8:57-59, Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you,”“before Abraham was born, I am!”(NIV)

Jesus also made other “I AM” statements of Himself:

 “I AM the bread of life.”  (John 6:35)

 “I AM the light of the world.”  (John 8:12)

  “I AM the good shepherd.”  (John 10:11)

 “I AM the door.”  (John 10:9)

 “I AM the resurrection and the life.”  (John 11:25)

 “I AM the way … truth … and the life.”  (John 14:6)

 “I AM the vine.”  (John 15:1)

ow can knowing these “I AM” statements about Jesus make a difference in your life?

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Which one of the “I AM” statements speaks most clearly to you at this point in your life? Why?

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The leaders of other religions are dead (Confucius, Buddha, and Mohammad), but Jesus is alive!
 Jesus continues to be the “I AM” because of his resurrection from the dead. The leaders of other religions through the world are dead (Confucius, Buddha, and Mohammad), but Jesus is alive! Because Jesus is the “I AM” and is alive today, He is continually working in each one of our lives! 

Who is Jesus and what is He doing according to the following verses?

John 1:1-5, 9-14:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

From this passage I learn that Jesus

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Colossians 1:15-20: Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (NLT)

From this passage I learn that Jesus

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Hebrews 1:1-3: Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. (NLT)

From this passage I learn that Jesus

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Philippians 2:6-11: Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father. (The Message)

From this passage I learn that Jesus

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Revelation 22:13:” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (NLT)

From this passage I learn that Jesus

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Sometimes it’s hard for people to accept the fact that Jesus is God because they can’t see Him. ”Doubting Thomas”, one of Jesus Disciples, was like that. Read his story in John 20:24-29.

Because Jesus is the “I AM” and is alive today, He is continually working in each one of our lives!

One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin),was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.

Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

Additional Study:
Read the Gospel of John in your Bible. Read one chapter each day. First make a brief outline of the chapter. Then determine a title for that specific chapter. Choose one verse to reflect upon throughout your day. As you move through the chapters, note any common ideas or teachings you discover.

What convinced Thomas?

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What doubts do you have about Jesus?

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In what ways have the scriptures we’ve looked at in this lesson helped you?

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Application:

How can the truth of who Jesus is influence your life on a day-to-day basis?

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