- I am the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
- I am the Light of the World (John 8:12)
- I am the Door (John 10:9)
- I am the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
- I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
- I am the Way and the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
- I am the Vine (John 15:1,5)
What are the great I am statements of Jesus?
‘” (Exodus 3:14). Elsewhere in John’s gospel, Jesus made seven profound “I am” statements (“I am the bread of life … the light of the world … the gate [for the sheep] … the Good Shepherd … the resurrection and the life … the way, the truth and the life … the true vine …”). Jesus identified himself as the great “I AM.”
What is the first I am saying of Jesus?
“I Am the Bread of Life”
That was the first “I am” statement and it was the one repeated more often. … Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). “I am the bread of life” (John 6:48)
In Johannine context, whether it is in the predicate or absolute form the ‘I am’ sayings essentially were written to reveal God through Christ so that Israel and by extension the world could receive salvation.
What does the Bible say that I am?
John 8:58 “Jesus answered them: ‘I solemnly declare it: before Abraham came to be, I AM.” [This was the name God gave himself when he first communicated with Moses, Exodus 3:14 “God replied, ‘I am who am. ‘ Then he added, ‘This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you. ‘”]
The seven signs are:
- Changing water into wine at Cana in John 2:1-11 – “the first of the signs”
- Healing the royal official’s son in Capernaum in John 4:46-54
- Healing the paralytic at Bethesda in John 5:1-15
- Feeding the 5000 in John 6:5-14
- Jesus walking on water in John 6:16-24
- Healing the man blind from birth in John 9:1-7
- The raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45
The seven signs are seen by some scholars and theologians as evidence of new creation theology in the Gospel of John, the resurrection of Jesus being the implied eighth sign, indicating a week of creation and then a new creation beginning with the resurrection.
The ‘I am’ statements that Jesus’ makes in John’s gospel are amongst the best known and loved verses within the whole Bible. On seven occasions in John’s gospel, Jesus uses the phrase ‘I am’ to explain who He is, why He came, and what He offers to those who choose to follow Him.
Receiving and responding to the words of Jesus transforms life. In the introduction to his gospel, John writes, ‘From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another’ (John 1:16). All of the ‘I am’ statements reflect this sense of the fulness of life that Christ offers.
In these deeply personal sayings, Christ offers us Himself, and through receiving and responding to His words, we receive Christ, and all that He offers.
May these words of Christ transform us as we read and reflect on them.