Encouragement, Faith

Jesus And All We Need

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An excerpt from a message about who Jesus can be in me

God Reveals Himself Through Jesus

It’s important to know that God reveals himself to us.  It’s the only way we can know him. As God, he’s not obligated to show us himself.  If he wanted to he could completely hide all around us — and never be known by us.

God reveals himself in several ways — through creation, through appearances of angels, through the prophets of the Old Testament and many other ways. Hebrews 1:2 says “And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” In other words, the supreme and final way God has revealed himself was through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus Claims the Name

 When Jesus spoke in the Gospel of John, he didn’t just speak about God, or speak for God. He spoke the Name of God. And invokes it as his own name.

“Ego eimi”

When you look at the language Jesus used in the Gospel of John to identify himself  – you’ll find something a bit unusual.  If you want to say “I am” in Koine Greek, you say “eimi”. Jesus uses that word, but then stacks another word in front of it, the word “ego”. It’s an emphatic form of the first person pronoun “me” or “I”.

So, grammatically he is piling on.  He was saying more than he needed. There’s a sense in which he’s doubling up,  “I am I am”; or saying “I, I myself, I AM.”

I think there is a claim in the language he uses. Jesus is invoking the personal name of God for himself.  “I AM the I AM.” Look at how he said it in John 8-

John 8:56–58 (ESV) Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

The Promise In The Name

Jesus claims the ‘I AM’ Name, and He claims to be the promise that comes with that Name.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV) For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.

Everything that God has promised us comes true in Jesus. That’s a staggering claim.

My Identity Found in His

Throughout the Gospel of John, Jesus takes the ‘I AM’ name and attaches to it everything he promises to be in our lives. He makes seven identity-claims that essentially mean that he’s everything you need.  They are essentially everything you hunger for, everything you are thirsty for.  He offers the significance, meaning, purpose, security, and fullness that you are quietly or desperately searching for every day.

These are promises of who he can be in your life –

Look at the seven ‘I AM’ promises

I am the bread of life – John 6:35 

I am the light of the world – John 8:58

I am the door or the gate – John 10:7,9 

I am the good shepherd – John 10:11,14 

I am the resurrection and life – John 11:25

I am the way, truth and life – John 14:6

I am the true vine – John 15:1

Find encouragement here — All of these identity-promises affect who you could become when you embrace Christ as leader of your life.  All of these affect and encourage the life of your soul.  They create nourishment, security, meaning, joy, growth, fruitfulness, and life.  They describe that all the promises of God come true in you through Jesus Christ. And that is the most encouraging thing.