Today’s question is, “What did Jesus mean
when He said ‘I AM’?” In this video I’ll answer that question
from a biblical perspective. Then afterwards, as always, I’ll share some
helpful resources, so stick around until the end. Jesus, in response to the Pharisees’ question
“Who do you think you are?” said, “‘Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of
seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.’ ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ the
Jews said to him, ‘and you have seen Abraham!’ ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered,
‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him,
but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds” (John 8:56–59). The violent response of the Jews to Jesus’
“I AM” statement indicates they clearly understood what He was declaring—that He
was the eternal God incarnate. Jesus was equating Himself with the “I AM”
title God gave Himself in Exodus 3:14. If Jesus had merely wanted to say He existed
before Abraham’s time, He would have said, “Before Abraham, I was.” The Greek words translated “was,” in the
case of Abraham, and “am,” in the case of Jesus, are quite different. The words chosen by the Spirit make it clear
that Abraham was “brought into being,” but Jesus existed eternally (see John 1:1). There is no doubt that the Jews understood
what He was saying because they took up stones to kill Him for making Himself equal with
God (John 5:18). Such a statement, if not true, was blasphemy
and the punishment prescribed by the Mosaic Law was death (Leviticus 24:11–14). But Jesus committed no blasphemy; He was and
is God, the second Person of the Godhead, equal to the Father in every way. Jesus used the same phrase “I AM” in seven
declarations about Himself. In all seven, He combines I AM with tremendous
metaphors which express His saving relationship toward the world. All appear in the book of John. They are, I AM the Bread of Life; I AM the
Light of the World; I AM the Door of the Sheep; I AM the Good Shepherd; I AM the Resurrection
and the Life; I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life; and I AM the True Vine. Want to learn more? Subscribe so you don’t miss the next video! Visit GotQuestions.org for more great content. And check out the details section below this
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