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May 15 | John 10:1-18



John 10:1-18



The Great I AM

by Pr. Dave Mann

In today’s passage, we read two of the seven I AM statements found in John’s gospel.

  • I am the bread of life (6:35).

  • I am the light of the world (8:12).

  • I am the gate/door (10:7).

  • I am the good shepherd (10:11, 14).

  • I am the resurrection and the life (11:25).

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life (14:6).

  • I am the true vine (15:1).

Folded into these seven I AM statements is a clear link with the God who revealed himself to Moses in the burning bush – I AM WHO I AM. The voice said to Moses, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you'.” (Exodus 3:14)

There are two other times in the gospel of John when Jesus used the phrase “I AM” to clarify that he was more than an ordinary human being, that he was and is the eternally pre-existent second person of the Trinity.

  1. Before Abraham was born, I am (8:58). In response to this proclamation, the Jews took up stones to kill him, because they understood this statement to be blasphemous.

  2. Following Jesus’ time of prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, he was approached by a cohort of soldiers and religious leaders. Jesus asked them who they were looking for, to which they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Then, something bizarre happened – the whole group fell backward to the ground (18:5-6). This can best be understood by the fact that the word “he” in Jesus