In John, chapter 8, Jesus said that He is the great “I Am”. But before we read those verses, let’s see who this person really is. So let’s turn to Exodus 3 and read. “And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” (Exodus 3:4-6) “And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Exodus 3:14-15) So we learn that Moses spoke to God, who called Himself “I Am”. This is very important to understand, for He is also the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all Israel. The Jews also knew this fact and it would be blasphemy for anyone to say this about themselves. Unless He really is the Messiah, who is Christ the Lord. This same person Is Jesus, who is God in the flesh.
Let us now read what John, chapter 1, reads before going to chapter 8. It says, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:11-14) Therefore, Jesus is the Word, who came into the world and is God. Jesus spoke this also to the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus said, “your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” (John 8:56-59) What Jesus said is true. He is the great “I Am”, who is God. All those that believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Let us pray:
Lord God, I give You glory and praise. You are worthy of our praise and deserve it also. I honor You this day and forever. Keep me upright and in Your service. Only through Your hand can I overcome the temptations in the world and come out victorious. So continue to build me up daily in Your love. Help me to learn how to forgive others the same way You forgive me. Help me to find the good things in others and lift them up, instead of tearing them down. You have seen the potential in me and continue to lift me up daily, even when I don’t deserve it. Yes, God, help me to love my neighbor as myself and also my enemies, as You have called me to do. This is part of the two greatest commandments which You have given us. First to love You with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and then to love my neighbor as myself. In keeping these commandments is my love truly on display for You, whom I adore. Otherwise, I am only paying lip service unto You, where my heart is really against You in my sins. Oh, how the sins of this world appear to be so good on the outside but are so filthy on the inside. Once Satan has a hold of my life, in the trickery of these fleshly pleasures, am I unable to come out of His traps. This is until I pray and call upon Your Name. Then, You are worthy to save me, even again, and again. Wow! You are such a good God. Even now, do I no longer wish to willfully sin, but to live this life fully surrendered to You, Jesus. I love You more than anything else. Amen.