God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” Exodus 3:14
…THAT I AM
The Bread of Life is offered up, broken by The One broken be.
The Light to shine is set up high, high and lifted for all to see.
The Gate was opened in His side, water and blood, a sanguine deep.
The Good Shepherd calls with passion, “Come follow me my precious sheep!”
The Resurrection, like the Ark, atonement made for Adam’s fall,
And we possess the life He won, when He was given once for all.
The Way to the fountain of youth is narrow as a needle’s eye.
The Truth about eternal life on wind whispered, “You will not die.”
The Life (Real Life) is found in death, death upon the true tree of life.
Binding the dominion of death, bringing an end to earthly strife.
The Vine weaves through baptism’s flood, whether in sprinkle, drench, or dram,
As Ancient of Days speaks this Word, “Say to them I AM THAT I AM!”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”
Oh, Great I Am, So many reject you and your clear revelation to us as to who you are. You are God. God in flesh. God in Spirit. It is by the gift of faith that we can believe this because it is so unbelievable! Thank you, thank you, thank you, that we can see things that even the angels long to look into! What majesty! What awesomeness! What amazing grace! We praise you and fall down before you! Oh, Great I Am, we are yours in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Comparing Jesus “I AM” statements with the temple:
John 6:35 and 48: “I am the bread of life” – The Table of Shewbeard (or Showbread, depending on translation). Showbread was a symbol of fellowship between God and man. It was also called “bread of the presence”. Jesus fellowshiped with man in the flesh.
John 8:12 and 9:5: “I am the light of the world” – The Menorah, or the lampstand. Candles, light, Jesus, light… the correlation is fairly easily drawn. Ironically, the menorah was the ONLY source of light in the holy place in the tabernacle, just as Jesus is the ONLY source of light in the darkened world.
John 10:7: “I am the gate for the sheep” – The tabernacle gate was the ONLY way to enter into the courts just as Jesus is the ONLY way to enter into heaven. Entering the gate was significant to the Israelites because it was viewed as the only way to find forgiveness and fellowship with God.
John 10:11-14: “I am the good shepherd…” – The altar of incense, also called the brazen altar, sat in front of the holy of holies and separated the holy place from the holy of holies. The incense was a symbol of intercession. Christ is our intercessor as he goes on to state after the “I Am” statement, “The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”
John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life…” – The ark of the covenant was the ultimate symbol of atonement for the Israelites, just as Jesus is the ultimate and only source of atonement; through His resurrection, we have life!
John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” – The altar of burnt offerings, or brazen altar of the tabernacle, was situated directly inside the gate and was where the offerings were sacrificed. The offerings were symbolic of the Israelites belief that the first step for a sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God who was sacrificed such that we may approach the holy God.
John 15:1,5: “I am the true vine…” – The laver, or basin, was a place for washing. This is the only part that is a bit of a stretch, but there is some correlation. First, the water as a giver of life. Second, it symbolizes the need for daily cleansing of sin, such that we may stay in the Lord, and we may bear fruit, because as Jesus continued to state, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”