I Am

7491 - I Am the True Vine

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In our Bible studies we have been in a series looking at the seven “I Am” statements of Jesus in the Gospel of John.

To close out our ‘I Am’ series, we now look at the last of these seven sayings– I am the true vine. Jesus is in the room of the ‘last supper’ with his disciples, before going to Gethsemane. Listen to John 15 (1,2,4,5):

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful....Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Here we have the description of a grapevine growing from fertile ground under the watchful eye of a gardener. Jesus is the vine, and supplies everything needed to the branches for life and health.
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7489 - I Am the Way, Truth and the Life

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In our series of Bible studies of the seven "I Am" statements made by Jesus in the Gospel of John, we have now come to the sixth statement--I am, the way, the truth and the life.

The night before His crucifixion Jesus was with His disciples preparing them for His departure and encouraging them about the future. Keep in mind, Jesus fully intended to leave the work of the Kingdom in the hand of these eleven apostles. He knew what was ahead--He would be betrayed and crucified. These apostles would be scattered and desert him under the pressure. And Peter would deny Him.

Yet, He did not flinch. You see, He also knew that He would send the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower them. He knew their fear and timidity would be superseded by boldness and power--even to the point of working miracles as a sign for unbelievers.

7487 - I Am the Ressurection & the Life

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God’s self-existence is assumed and established from the beginning of the Bible (Gen 1:1): “In the beginning God...” Note that God is only introduced.

One of those passages in which we see the self-existence of God very plainly is Exodus 3. God sent Moses to Pharaoh and to the Nation of Israel to tell them they would be freed. When Moses asks how he should respond to the question, “Who sent you?” God told him to say “I Am has sent me....I Am who I am.” This is an expression of underived existence. Nothing created God, for in essence to be created is to be subordinate to the creator. God has always been and will always be.

As Jesus Christ ministered, He uttered in the Greek language, thirty-six times an echo of this “I AM” from God. Twenty-three of these expressions are in the book of John. At times this was only an expression which mean “It is I,” but at other times Jesus was openly declaring His deity.

7486 - I Am the Good Shepherd

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We are in a series of studies looking at the seven "I am" sayings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John. This is now the fourth of the series and we will be looking at Jesus' statement, "I am the good shepherd."

7485 - I Am the Door

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Today we are studying the phrase uttered by Jesus, "I am the door (KJ) or the gate (NIV). Thirty-six times in the Greek New Testament Jesus Christ uses the phrase "I am" in various statements. Twenty-three of these occur in the Gospel of John. Sometimes Christ simply meant "It is I," but other times He was stating His deity, because "I am" is how God describes and names himself in the Old Testament.

In Exodus (3:13) when Moses asked God His name, God said to Moses, "I am who I am. That is what you are to say to Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'" God says His name is "I Am," and this name is a form of the Hebrew "to be". God's name tells us that He is, He exists. He is eternal and has always been and will always be. He is sovereign and will be what He will be. He is faithful and will always be what He has always been, the same yesterday, today and forever.

7482 - I Am the Light of the World

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In the Gospel of John there are seven metaphorical statements picturing our Lord Jesus Christ. They are:
• I am the bread of life
• I am the light of the world
• I am the door (or gate)
• I am the good shepherd
• I am the resurrection and the life
• I am the way, the truth and the life
• I am the true vine

In each of these Jesus seeks to open the mind of the hearer, and those who now read His Word, to the truth that Jesus is the one and only source of life which God intended people to experience.

7481 - I Am the Bread of Life

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During the next few weeks we are going to be looking at seven distinct announcements which Jesus made in the book of John, all of which are introduced with the words 'I Am'.

He said:
• I am the bread of life. (John 6:35)
• I am the light of the world. (8:12)
• I am the door. (10:9)
• I am the good shepherd. (10:11)
• I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)
• I am the way, the truth and the life. (14:6) and
• I am the true vine. (15:1)

Today let's focus on the first of these statements: I am the bread of life.