“I AM” Sunday June 16th, 2019
John 8:48-59 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus’ Claims About Himself
48 The Jews answered him, “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?”
49 “I am not possessed by a demon,” said Jesus, “but I honor my Father and you dishonor me. 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death.”
52 At this they exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death. 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me. 55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
NAME SOMETHING OUTRAGEOUS!
*A FLYING DINOSAUR EATING COCKROACH
*CATS CAN BE ALLERGIC TO HUMANS
*SACKBUT IS ANOTHER NAME FOR A TROMBONE
*YOUR NOSE GETS WARMER WHEN YOU LIE
*THE SAHARA DESERT IS LARGER THAN AUSTRALIA
*HIPPO’S LIPS ARE 2 FEET WIDE!
*YOU CAN SEE AUTUMN LEAVES FROM OUTER SPACE
*THE BOMBADEER BEETLE SHOOTS FIRE OUT OF ITS BEHIND.
ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE INTERESTING IF NOT OUTRAGEOUS! BUT STILL SOME ARE TRUE.
MUHAMMAD ALI MADE A MOST OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM. HE CLAIMED, “I AM THE GREATEST.”
POLITICIANS MAKE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS. THEY USUALLY DISAPPOINT US.
JESUS MADE THIS OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM IN OUR READING TODAY.
IT SO ENRAGED THE PHARISEES MINDS, HEARTS, AND EARS THAT THEY WANTED TO KILL JESUS BY STONING HIM. “You are not yet fifty years old,” they said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
GOD CREATED, SUSTAINED, SAVED, AND BROUGHT THE WORLD OUT FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM. NOT ONLY IS IT OUTRAGEOUS, BUT IT IS CRAZY WILD AS WELL!!! BUT IT IS ALSO TRUE.
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…SO LOVED THE WORLD…. THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON TO DIE FOR YOU. RISE FOR YOU. TO SAVE YOU. HE HAS SAVED US AND HE HAS MADE US HIS FOR ALL ETERNITY. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM. BUT IT IS TRUE.
IN JOHN’S GOSPEL WE HEAR THAT THE WORD OF GOD WAS MADE MANIFEST IN HUMAN FLESH. GOD CAME DOWN TO EARTH 2,000 YEARS AGO! WHAT AN OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM! BUT IT IS TRUE.
THE JEWISH LEADERS DID NOT BELIEVE JESUS.
JESUS CLAIMED THAT HE WHO BELIEVES IN ME WILL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. OUTRAGEOUS! BUT IT IS TRUE. ABRAHAM SAW AND BELIEVED…AND REJOICED. BY FAITH ABRAHAM SAW JESUS IN THE FLESH ON THIS WORLD. OUTRAGEOUS! BUT IT IS TRUE.
JESUS SAID, “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM!” OUTRAGEOUS! BUT IT IS TRUE.
FOR A JEW TO HEAR A PERSON CLAIMING TO BE GOD? THAT PERSON WAS FOUND INSTANTLY GUILTY OF BREAKING THE FIRST 3 COMMANDS. THEY THOUGHT JESUS WAS COMMITTING BLASPHEMY. THAT IS WHAT MADE THEM SO ANGRY!!! THEY PICKED UP STONES AS TO STONE HIM. BUT JESUS HID HIMSELF, SLIPPING AWAY FROM THE TEMPLE GROUNDS.
^THIS IS GOD’S MOST BASIC NAME.
IN HEBREW IT IS YHWH…I AM…THE LORD…GOD ALMIGHTY.
JESUS TOLD THE JEWS THEN, AND US TODAY…I AM.
HE SPOKE THOSE WORDS TO ABRAHAM FROM A BURNING BUSH.
-PILLAR OF CLOUD BY DAY
-FIRE BY NIGHT
-ROCK IN THE DESERT
JESUS STRODE, STRIVED AND DWELT AMONG THEM. I WILL NOT ABANDON YOU. I WILL ABIDE WITH YOU AS I PROMISED. I AM.
I AM. THAT IS YHWH. OR IN OTHER WORDS…THE SELF EXISTING ONE…WHO WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME. LORD. GOD ALMIGHTY. THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE HE IS TRUE. BELIEVE.
WE RECITED THE ATHANASIAN CREED TODAY. IT CAN BE SOMEWHAT BEFUDDLING AND OUTRAGEOUS. ONE IN THREE. UNDIVIDED. THREE PERSONS/ONE GOD.
THIS IS THE SAME GOD WHO DELIVERED FROM EGYPT IN A GREAT EXODUS. ALL OF THIS HISTORY IS JUST A PRECURSOR TO THE GREATEST DELIVERANCE….
EGYPT WAS DELIVERED FROM ITS GREAT AND TERRIBLE ENEMY.
GOD LOOKED UPON OUR BONDAGE TO THE EGYPTS OF SIN, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL AND HE SENT A GREAT DELIVERER…THE I AM… HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST, CAME IN THE FLESH TO DELIVER US FROM THE POWERS OVER US THAT WERE HOLDING US IN BONDAGE AND SLAVERY. HE DID THIS BY SACRIFICING HIMSELF FOR US. THE GREAT I AM DIED FOR YOU…FOR ME…FOR THE WORLD’S SIN. THE GREAT I AM LOVED US SO DEEPLY THAT HE HUNG ON A CROSS FOR YOU, FOR ME, FOR THE WORLD. HE DIED AND WAS BURIED, BUT ON THE THIRD DAY THE GRAVE COULD NOT HOLD “I AM”.
JOHN RECORDED MANY TIMES THROUGH HIS GOSPEL THAT JESUS IS THE I AM. JESUS SAID…
-I AM… THE BREAD OF LIFE
-I AM… THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
-I AM… THE GATE
-I AM… THE GOOD SHEPHERD
-I AM… THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
-I AM… THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE
-I AM… THE TRUE VINE
ALL OUTRAGEOUS CLAIMS. ALL CHALLENGING CLAIMS OF TRUTH. BUT ALL ARE TRUE.
JESUS IS INDEED GOD!
THE GOD THAT CAME TO EARTH. THE GOD THAT LIVED A PERFECT LIFE FOR YOU, FOR ME. THE GOD THAT SUFFERED AND DIED ON A CROSS FOR YOU, FOR ME. THE GOD THAT WAS BURIED FOR THREE DAYS FOR YOU, FOR ME. THE GOD THAT ROSE AGAIN FOR YOU, FOR ME.
HE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT ONLY GOD COULD DO. HE BROKE US OUT OF OUR PRISON OF LIES, DARKNESS, BONDAGE, SIN, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL AND HE DELIVERED US TO HIMSELF.
THE MOST OUTRAGEOUS AND BEFUDDLING CLAIM IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH. NONETHELESS, IT IS A SAVING TRUTH!
THE ATHANASIAN CREED KEEPS EVERYTHING CLEAR. WE DON’T HAVE TO KNOW IT PERFECTLY BUT WE DO KNOW THIS “I AM” GOD…OUR DELIVERER…OUR SAVIOR….OUR JUSTIFIER…OUR SANCTIFIER.
GOD THE FATHER SENT JESUS TO DIE. HE WAS OFFERED UP ON THE CROSS FOR US. HE WAS RAISED FOR US, HE ANNOUNCED IN THE WATERS OF HOLY BAPTISM THAT WE ARE HIS. WE HAVE SALVATION…THE ONLY SALVATION FOUND IN HIS GREAT NAME…
THE ONE PROMISED.
OUTRAGEOUS! BUT IT IS TRUE!
JESUS IS THE ONE…THE I AM…THAT HAS BROUGHT US INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE TRIUNE GOD…FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT…ONE GOD/THREE PERSONS…THE DIVINE UNITY. IN HIS ALMIGHTY AND AMAZING GRACE-FILLED PRESENCE WE CELEBRATE WHAT HE HAS DONE BY HIS SPIRIT…
THE GREAT I AM. AMEN.
Lord Jesus, you are our I Am. Thank you. Praise you. Amen.