I AM WHO I AM

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If Jesus is a part of your life just who is He? The amazing claims of Jesus define just who Jesus is. Let’s examine a few of the “I AM” sayings.
Jesus, talking with the religious people of the day said, “Before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8:54-58) They surely knew who Abraham was and since Abraham lived about 2,000 years before Christ, they knew the implication of the statement. We must remember that Moses at the burning bush asked God of His name. God replied to Moses “I AM WHO I AM.” In essence Jesus is telling his listeners that He is the one who spoke to Moses. Remember too that Jesus said to the disciples; “I and the Father are one.”
The formal significance of this is that when we are trying to learn about or are teaching about God we are really speaking about Jesus. It is humbling to realize the limits of our understanding. The Apostle John summed it up very nicely as he wrote; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1: 1)
Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John 10:7-10) What are gates for? Why yes, to keep out the unwanted. Remember that Jesus did not describe himself as the sheep pen but instead, the gate by which the sheep must enter —- ie: the only way into the pen. For us this means that Jesus is the only way to enter heaven. After all, Jesus also said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly.”
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26)Well, everyone wants to go to heaven, but no one wants to die to get there. Perhaps, if Jesus is both the resurrection and the life, we need to begin listening and understanding just who and what the I AM really is.
When Lazarus was called out from the tomb he must have spoken three things. [1] Where am I? [2] Wow, it smells bad in here. [3] Why am I here? OK! Why am I here? We should ask ourselves and God that question every day.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Perhaps we really need to rethink who Jesus is and why He should be a part of our life. After all Jesus doesn’t say that He merely speaks the truth; He claims to be the embodiment of Truth. He doesn’t say that he can give life; He tells us He is the source of life itself. He doesn’t say that He is just one of the pathways to God, He states that He is the only Way to God.
If Jesus is the great I AM, the GATE, the FATHER, the RESURRECTION and the LIFE, the WAY and the TRUTH and the LIFE, then we had better change our outlook and consider that we may have rejected God in our lives. Can we now afford to reject Jesus, the true and living God?

The author is a retired businessman whose Christian service included director of the singles ministry in a 5,500 member church, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and director of youth ministry. The author has also been a consultant to various Christian organizations including Christians For Urban Justice, Urban Home Ownership Corporation, and Habitat for Humanity. Civic activity included Director of the Edison Inventor’s Association. The author, now retired, was a principal and CEO of SAVE-ON-A/C, a wholesale distribution company, MARKETING CONCEPTS, a multi-faceted marketing company, and PINE ISLAND LUMBER, a full scale building material dealership. Professional licenses include Land Title Law, Business Insurance Law, Real Estate and Mortgage Law, and Security Law Enforcement.

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