Something different for the next week and a bit, I thought it would be good to look at the “I am” sayings attributed to Jesus in John’s Gospel. There are 7 or perhaps 8 of them, each showing something of who Jesus is, including His character and His purpose.
But, before we do, I thought we would begin by looking at the background, by reading Exodus Chapter 3 verses 1 to 15.
Here is a, hopefully, well-known story of Moses and the burning bush where he has an encounter with the Lord. Moses has yet to start his leading of God’s people, so this is his first commissioning, and he is very unsure and full of objections. One of the questions he has, as he thinks about going to his fellow Israelites, is what is the name of the God who had sent him (v.13), so they can believe his mission and message is genuine.God replies, ‘I AM who I AM. … I AM has sent me to you.’ (v.14)
This is the name by which God wishes to be known and worshipped in Israel, the name that expressed His character as the dependable and faithful God who desires the full trust of His people.
It is linked in terms of language with the phrase ‘I will be (with you)’, which was God’s answer to another of Moses’ questions (v.12), and also with the name ‘the LORD’ which in Hebrew is Yahweh, from where we get Jehovah, which means, ‘He is’ or ‘He will be’.
So much more could be said, but at its very basic, this name ‘I AM’, tells us that God is there, always has been, always will be, but He is with us today, now, in this moment. Rejoice in that thought as you go about your life and work today.
From our extended Church address list let us remember in prayer today, those who have joined us very recently,- Andrew, our Minister in training- George & Pat