I Am: Exploring the i Am Sayings of Johns Gospel by Iain D. CampbellSeven chapters on each of the I am sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ from Johns gospel. Here is the one who Before Abraham was, I am; seemingly, grammatically incorrect, yet confronting us with enormous truths about who Jesus is. Here is a reminder of how God revealed himself to Moses in Exodus 3:14 - and Jesus applies that to himself! The author says these seven sayings are full and deep and rich with meaning and significance. In the foreword, Geoff Thomas says, There is none like Christ. None at all! None other is God and man, two natures in one person. None other has the love, grace and heart of Jehovah Jesus. The sight of him is so breath-taking that we turn aside at an opportunity that a glimpse of him affords. We cease looking at the most precious things in the universe to gaze and gaze at him. We know little of him, miserably little. It is our duty and privilege to behold him, and it is the duty and privilege of each of his preachers to show him to us. Sirs, we plead with them, we would see Jesus. Let us contemplate Christ, and let his servants magnify him before us. So in these studies Dr. Iain D. Campbell does this, making Christ omni-attractive as he sets him out through our Lords self disclosure, in a series of extraordinary claims Jesus made, to be pre-existent, the only way to God, the food and the vine of heaven, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life. Those are words of a megalomaniac if they are not the words of the incarnate God.
Jesus’ “I Am” Sayings in John 8
I want to write on the 7 I am sayings of Jesus Christ. God stated that this is His name for all generations. In the Gospels, Jesus tells us what He imparts to us as His followers. Do you know what all Christ has to pour into you as His follower? This has been my experience over the past 17 years of ministry, literally all over the world. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1, the gospel writer John reveals to the world that Jesus is the light of the world. The world has been in darkness since the fall of mankind in sin in Genesis 3.
Their focus is on what happens after we become believers. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. John Jesus had recently fed the Incredibly some were still asking for a miraculous sign to help them believe He was who He claimed to be. They brought up the manna their forefathers had eaten in the wilderness Exodus , and that established the context for this statement. I believe Jesus was saying the manna was meant to be a model of the Messiah.
The 'I AM' sayings of Jesus
In fact, He often spoke in parables, or, as we will see in this article, in metaphors. He used figurative language to relate common objects or concepts with Himself or His Kingdom so that people could better understand His character and purpose. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. Jesus had just fed several thousand people with only a few loaves of bread, yet some people were asking for a sign from Jesus to prove He was from God. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. All they needed to do was believe in Him. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Let me first try to be as precise as I can about the question here. I am not inquiring as to whether Jesus made statements about himself that were tantamount to claims to deity. He did, as all of the evangelical participants in the recent controversy agree. My friend Ed Komoszewski and I adduced a wealth of evidence on this point from all four Gospels as well as passages from the rest of the New Testament in our book on the deity of Christ. And translations can vary in how literally or how woodenly they represent the words of the original-language sentences. I think this may have happened in the current controversy. In what follows I will present ten such reasons.
In the Gospel of John there are seven times when Jesus uses the words 'I am' of himself. Each one of these statements represents a description of how Jesus is the answer to our human spiritual needs. John Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent. What will you do? For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.