Who do you say Jesus is? He has several names. This advent season you will hear 31 of them. I was given “I AM”. Did you know that “I AM” is in the Bible 719 times? In the Old Testament 508 times and in the New Testament 211 times.
Did you know that “I AM” is the divine name for LORD.
Wikipedia says, Koine Greek term Ego eimi , literally I am or It is I, is an emphatic form if the copulative verb that is recorded in the Gospels to have been spoken by Jesus on several occasions to refer to himself not with the role of a verb but playing the role of a name, in the Gospel of John occurring seven times with specific titles. These usages have been the subject of significant Christological analysis.
So, here is what I came up with the help of the Bible and Fr. Thomas Hopko, from his transcript of Jesus-I Am.
The first time God gave the name “I AM” was to Moses at the burning bush. God told Moses from now you shall know me as Yahweh. Yahweh means “I Am Who I Am.” 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.
John talks about Jesus being “I AM” a lot in his book. I found 10.
“I AM” the living bread. John 6:51
“I AM” the light of the world John 8:12
“I AM” from above John 8:23
“I AM” the One I claim to be. John 8:24
“I AM” the gate John 10:7
“I AM” the good shepherd John 10:11
“I AM” God’s Son John 10:36
“I AM” the resurrection and the life John 11:25
“I AM” the way and the truth and the life. John 14:6
“I AM” the true vine John 15:1
How does this tie in with Christmas, well if God didn’t bring “I AM” or “Lord as a baby” He wouldn’t have died for our sins at Easter. God has a plan for each of us. We just need to slow down and listen to “I AM.”
Here is my prayer for this Christmas season. Dear “I AM”, please be with everyone this Christmas season. Let us all turn to you for the bread that we need, the light in the world, the gate you have to open for us & let us be good sheep to follow our shepherd to where ever you may lead us. In your name “I AM” AMEN
Joy & Love.
Submitted by Melinda Stear, Deacon