Jesus Christ – the Great “I AM”
God called Moses and wanted to send him to see Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, with the message: “Let My people go!” Moses did not know what the name of God was.
Exd 3:13-14, “Then Moses said to God: Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them: The God of your fathers has sent me to you. Now they may say to me: What is His name? What shall I say to them? And God said to Moses: I AM WHO I AM. And He said:Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.”
God is the greatest Mystery. God is the Greatest. God is One. Man cannot know God by any means, God has to reveal Himself. God reveals Him in Jesus Christ. To know Jesus Christ is to know God.
Jesus Christ is Who God Is.
Christianity is neither superstition nor science. Superstition is based on false and unfounded beliefs and fears. Science is limited by human and empirical and tentative knowledge at a time and place. Christianity is the revealed religion. Only God makes revelation of the ultimate truth and wisdom. Revelation cannot be achieved by human discovery or wisdom. Christianity is the revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was God who became Man to reveal God and spiritual things to human beings.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ is the pillar of truth.
2. The Roman Catholic Church is historically false, full of heresies and wrong doctrines and superstitions.
3. Science cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because science at best is human tentative knowledge at a given time and place.
4. Human philosophies cannot provide ultimate truth and wisdom because they are limited human thoughts confined to limited intelligence.
5. All religions except Christianity are man-made.
6. Christianity – the revealed religion – explains and exalts the Supreme Being, Wisdom and Truth.
7. Neither science nor religion can save mankind.
8. Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life – outside of Christ there is no salvation.
9. The wisdom of the living is to know the Most High rules the universe and over the realm of mankind.
10. It is of infinite truth and wisdom that human beings must submit themselves humbly to the Will of God.
In the Gospel of John alone, Jesus Christ declares His “I AM” as follows:
1. I AM the Bread of life.
Jhn 6:35, “Jesus said to them, I am the Bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” See also Jhn 6:48.
Note: The Bread of life means the body of Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins. Those who come to Christ have the Bread of life and will not hunger, and those who believe in Christ will never thirst because they have the water of life. The eternal life does not hunger or thirst. Bread is the main food for the Jews just as rice is the main food for the Chinese. Just as food is vital to our body, so is Jesus the Bread of life for our spiritual life. He who has Jesus Christ has life, and he who does not have Jesus Christ does not have life, the real life, the eternal life.
2. I AM the Light of the world.
Jhn 8:12, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Note: God is Light; there is no darkness in Him. Jesus Christ is the Light of the world who leads people to God and those who believe have the Light of life. The light of science and knowledge cannot lead man to the Light of life. Religion cannot save you. To know Jesus Christ is to know God and will have the Light of life.
3. I AM from above.
Jhn 8:23, “And He was saying to them, You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.”
Note: This is the contrast between the Son of God and mankind. Christ is from above, we are from below. Above means heaven, below means the earth. Men are of this world; Christ is not of this world. Christians are also not of this world. The world to come is the Kingdom of heaven. Warmongers, supremacists, militarists, capitalists, imperialists, terrorists, monopolists, hegemonists, etc. are of this world and they will have perish and vanish.
4. I AM the Door.
Jhn 10:9, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Note: Figuratively and spiritually speaking, Jesus Christ is the Door; just as through a door you enter a house. Through Jesus Christ you enter the Kingdom of God and are saved. Believers also enjoy Christian liberty and God provides their needs.
5. I AM the Good Shepherd.
Jhn 10:11, “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
Note: The Savior is the Good Shepherd, the Christians are His sheep. Jesus Christ laid down His life means He died on the cross for our sins. The Good Shepherd knows His sheep and they follow Him. If you do not follow Jesus Christ, it means you are not His sheep.
6. I AM the Son of God.
Jhn 10:36, “Do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, You are blaspheming, because I said, I am the Son of God?”
Note: Jesus Christ is the Son of God means the Father sanctified and sent Him into the word; born of a virgin, filled with the Holy Spirit, died on the cross and rose from the death by the power of God. Christ ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and Christians are children of God.
7. I AM the Resurrection and the Life.
Jhn 11:25, “Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies.”
Note: Jesus Christ not only rose from death, He is the Resurrection. Jesus Christ not only gives life, He is the Life, the Lord of life; and He has life in Himself. Those who believe in Christ even if they die, someday they will rise and live forever. Because my Redeemer lives, so I will live forever.
8. I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Jhn 14:6, “Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Note: Jesus Christ is the Way, the only Way to God, the Way of salvation. There is no other way. This is the Truth that Christ proclaims to the world. Christ is the Life; he who believes in Him will have eternal life. Truth is exclusive; the Way, the Truth, and the Life are exclusive of all others. There is only one Way, one Truth, and one Life who is Jesus Christ.
9. I AM the Vine.
Jhn 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Note: The relationship between Christ and Christians is like the vine and the branches. The branches cannot live without the vine, so believers do not have life without Jesus Christ. Those who abide in Christ, Christ lives in them and they bear much fruit. Apart from the Vine, the branches wither and die. Apart from Christ, Christians can do nothing. A full Christian life is to live for Christ and have Christ lives in you.
10. I AM the King of the Jews.
Jhn 19:21, “So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, Do not write, The King of the Jews; but that He said, I am the King of the Jews.”
Note: Sadly, the Jews did not know the Messiah had come. They have not accepted their King as a nation. The day is coming, not only Jesus Christ is the King of the Jews, He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Rev 17:14, “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
The “I AM WHO I AM” of the Old Testament is the “I AM” of the New Testament. Jesus Christ is Jehovah of the Old Testament. Jehovah of the Old Testament and Jesus Christ of the New Testament are One and the Same.
Jesus Christ was, Jesus Christ is, and Jesus Christ is to come. My Redeemer lives forever and so I will live.
Do you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Redeemer, your Savior? No matter who you are and where you are, you can come to Him now. For today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time.
JANUARY 1, 2016