Monday, January 14, 2013

JESUS the Great I AM

The Claims of Jesus About Himself

John 8:48-59

48The 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. 50I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is One Who seeks it, and He is the judge.
51I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.”
52At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death. 53Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54Jesus replied, “If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, Whom you claim as your God, is the One Who glorifies me. 55Though 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 keep His Word. 56Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to Him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!”
59At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

JESUS, the Great I AM

Let’s examine Verse 58 to know who Jesus was, is  and will be.

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I Am!”

Greek Text

εἶπεν αὐτοῖς Ἰησοῦς· ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί.

Literal Translation

ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν: Amen amen I say to you.

πρὶν Ἀβραὰμ γενέσθαι ἐγὼ εἰμί: Before Abraham(was born), I AM was.

To know Who is “I AM” we read in, Exodus 3:14;

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.'"

I Am Who I Am - אהיה אשר אהיה Eheyeh asher Eheyeh. These words have been variously understood. The Latin Vulgate translates Ego Sum Qui Sum, I Am Who Am. The Greek Septuagint(LXX), Εγω ειμι ὁ Ων, I Am He Who Exists

Lord Jesus, the Great I AM!

We believe You are the Great I AM Who appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush and proclaimed Your Great Name, “I Am Who I Am.” And we believe, “You are the same, yesterday, today and forever.”

Amen and amen.

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