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Jesus as the “I Am” and “One Sent”

17 Jul

c5f6b188dcd185fbe7f76b5ab2474b96Of all the Gospel writers, John places the most emphasis upon the deity of Christ through recording His actual claims about Himself. When Christ said, “Before Abraham was born, I am” (8:58), the people knew that He was claiming the very name of God that was revealed to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14). This is why the people tried to stone Him for alleged blasphemy. Christ was and is the eternal I Am. In a series of assertions, He amplified that claim:

  1. I am the bread of life (6:35).
  2. I am the light of the world (8:12; 9:5).
  3. I am the door (10:7).
  4. I am the good shepherd (10:11, 14).
  5. I am the resurrection and the life (11:25).
  6. I am the way, the truth, and the life (14:6).
  7. I am the true vine (15:1).

Other supporting statements in John include “I and the Father are one” (10:30) and “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (14:9).

Jesus as the One Sent

As Jesus worked to establish His identity and His purpose in the minds of His listeners, He emphasized that He was “sent” from God:

  1. Jesus stated plainly that He was sent from the Father (6:57; 7:29; 8:42; 10:36).
  2. He said, “He who sent Me is with Me;…” (8:29).
  3. He spoke the words of the Father who sent Him (3:34; 7:16; 12:49; 14:24).
  4. He did the will, or the works, of the One who sent Him (4:34; 5:30, 36; 6:38, 39; 9:4).
  5. The world is called to believe in the One who was sent (6:29; 11:42; 17:8, 21, 23, 25).
  6. Jesus said, “No one can come to Me, unless the Father who sent Me draws him;…” (6:44).
  7. He said that the Father who sent Him has borne witness of Him (5:37; 8:18).
  8. He said, “He who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me” (12:45).
  9. To accept or reject Jesus is to accept or reject the One who sent Him (5:23, 38; 12:44; 13:20).
  10. Jesus said that He would go to Him who sent Him (7:33; 16:5).
  11. He promised that eternal life would come through knowing the One who was sent (5:24; 17:3).
  12. He said that as the Father sent Him, He was sending His disciples (17:18; 20:21).
  13. Jesus warned His followers that they would be rejected by those who do not know the One who sent Him (15:21).
  14. He said that He and the One who sent Him are true (7:18, 28; 8:16, 26).
 
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Posted by on July 17, 2017 in Jesus Christ

 

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