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The Gospel of John is my favourite to read, one feature I love about this witness to Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection is the repeated feature of ‘I AM’. For those who know the Bible you will recognise this phrase from Exodus 3:14 “I AM WHO I AM… I AM has sent me to you” looking at Moses being sent to Pharaoh to let God’s people go free. Jesus here is connecting himself with his father, and his identity as God.

There are seven times when John uses this phrase, I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35), I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12), I AM the door (John 10:7, 9), I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14), I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25), I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14:6), I AM the Vine (John 15:1,5)

Let’s look at the first 4 phrases; firstly I am the Bread of Life(John 6:35). Bread is a basic food, without bread or basic food we can’t survive, it’s basic… Jesus here is saying that he is a basic necessity, without him we cannot survive and with this bread we will never go hungry. Jesus when asked how to pray in Luke 11:1-4 tells them to ask the Father “Give us each day our daily bread”, Jesus has said he is this bread which the Father is to give.

I am the Light of the World (John 8:12), Jesus said after this phrase “Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” As we know where there is light there can be no darkness, as darkness is the absence of light. Jesus here is saying those who follow him will not walk in the ways of the evil one or flesh, this is not to say that as soon as you commit your life to following Jesus you instantly behave and live perfectly, though it would be nice, this does not happen, we must continue every day to turn our lives and eyes upon Jesus and he will mould us into his likeness (Ephesians 4:11-13).

I am the door (John 10:7,9), in some translations they use the word gate instead, but what John is trying to communicate is some form of an entrance, but where does this door lead? Jesus says it leads to salvation, Jesus is saying he is the way/entrance to salvation. This verse is very much connected with the next I am saying, I am the Good Shepherd.

In Luke’s Gospel, Luke tells us a parable told by Jesus, the Lost sheep (Luke15:1-7) here he talks of a Shepherd who has lost one of his sheep who leaves the 99 sheep left behind and goes to find the lost sheep, and when he finds him comes back, has a party to celebrate finding this one lost sheep! Jesus said this story tells us that when one sinner repents there is a celebration in heaven. Jesus identifies himself as the Shepherd who goes out and finds his sheep and celebrates when they come home, Jesus loves to bring his sheep home.

The door and the gate are connected because the Shepherd leads us to the door and the same Shepherd is also the Gate though which we must pass to be saved.

 

To claim to be something is not a small statement but something that you must prove to be. If we look at the lives of the early Church we can see that Jesus did not fail in his claims. Jesus was alive in their lives. He was just as he said “I AM.”