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The I Am Statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John

In the gospel of John, there are recorded seven I AM statements of Jesus. These are the words that Jesus used to describe, and explain, the purpose of His earthly ministry. This is important for us because it is only when we understand fully who Jesus is that we can truly know who we are. Our identity is rooted in believing in Jesus, as the Messiah and the Son of God. It is only by believing in Him, that we are able to live in the fullness of the freedom that He has won for us…

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Why Did Jesus Describe Himself as The Good Shepherd?

In the gospel of John, through a series of statements, Jesus begins to reveal His ministry and purpose. This was in conversation with those closest to Him, those who opposed Him, and the general crowds. Jesus didn’t speak directly but instead used parables and analogies. This was to avoid open confrontation while declaring the truth. Why would the analogy of Jesus the good shepherd be controversial? What did Jesus mean when He described Himself in this way?

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“I Am The Gate” What Did Jesus Mean?

What did Jesus mean when He said, I AM the gate? Well, He was talking to the Pharisees, the religious leaders, and spiritual teachers, of His day. Jesus was making a particular point and was using familiar imagery. But, the Pharisees still did not understand what Jesus meant. This was not because the concept was difficult to grasp but because they were unwilling to change their way of thinking…

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I Am The True Vine – Stay Connected

John chapters fifteen and sixteen record the last in-depth conversation that Jesus had with His disciples. It was time to leave the upper room, where they had shared the last supper together. Maybe they were gathering themselves together to leave, or they were already out on the road walking to Gethsemane. Jesus knew that His time had come to fulfil His purpose. In these last hours, Jesus said; “I am the true vine.”

This is the seventh I AM statement of Jesus. It brings to perfect completion His description of His ministry and purpose. It is the most intimate statement – spoken to those who were His closest disciples. In the final moments of Jesus’ earthly ministry He makes a plea to stay connected to Him!

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I AM the Way the Truth and the Life

In John’s Gospel there are seven statements that Jesus made declaring His ministry and purpose. They reveal not what other people said, or say about Jesus, but what He said about Himself. The ‘I AM’ statements all reveal an aspect of Jesus’ servant heart. But when Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life’ He was introducing to his disciples a radical new concept that He was the way to God.

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The Resurrection and the Life

Jesus declared, ‘I AM the resurrection and the life’ at a moment of darkness, of heavy grief, and loss. These were words of comfort, spoken to His close personal friends Martha and Mary. They would not understand the full implication of this remarkable statement until much later. Martha and Mary had sent word to Jesus that, their brother, Lazarus was sick. Jesus delayed, instead of rushing to help, He stayed where He was for a further two days.

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