Category Archives: Seven I Ams

The Seven “I Am’s”: The Vine

“I am the vine, my Father is the Vinedresser… I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn. 15:1-5). The words were said on the night Jesus would be arrested.  Judas already had left, having found opportunity for Jesus’ arrest … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Way, The Truth, and The Life

 John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”  These words were spoken by Jesus.  They were uttered the night of his arrest, the night before his death. The … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Resurrection and the Life

 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). One of the most fundamental desires of man is to continue to live.  Some have sought to do so through diet.  They have taken vitamins, minerals, herbs, and elixirs … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Good Shepherd

The idea of shepherding sheep was familiar to first century Israel.  It was a time-consuming, sometimes labor-intensive, sometimes hazardous, serving work.  Sheep had to be led (and sometimes carried when injured or too young to keep up), watched (for straying, … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Door

 “I am the door” (John 10:7, 9).  This is figurative language.  It attracts attention, and beckons one to look closer in order to understand the point of comparison. The language is of a sheepfold (John 10:1-10 cf. Numbers 32:16; Judges … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Light of the World

It is helpful, to fully appreciate this metaphor, to understand the timing of Jesus’ words.  The Feast of the Tabernacles had just occurred (John 7:2, 14, 37 cf. 8:2).  Zondervan’s Pictorial Dictionary describes this feast saying, “It… historically commemorated the wanderings … Continue reading

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The Seven “I Am’s”: The Bread of Life

Man cannot physically live very long without food and water.  Four to six weeks without food is about the physical limits for most.  Three to five days without water under even ideal circumstances is about the maximum for most.  There … Continue reading

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