We are looking for Jesus in all the wrong places. We think “he was”. Our language and attitude is focused on Him as a historical figure.
- Jesus is having none of that.
- Jesus IS.
- Jesus IS alive.
That is it and that is enough for today. We must focus on that. This is a big deal. Do we know who Jesus is today?
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
English Standard Version. (2016). (Mark 16:1–8). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Jesus, in response to the religious leaders and elites 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.
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.
- I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51)
- I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12)
- I AM the Door of the Sheep (John 10:7, 9)
- I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
- I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
- I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
- I AM the True Vine (John 15:1, 5)