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I AM Says It All

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Sermon shared by Paul Decker

June 2003
Summary: We must either accept or reject Jesus.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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could experience his heritage. A year later the young man returned home.

He said, "Father, thank you for sending me to the land of our Fathers. It was wonderful and enlightening. However, I must confess that while in Israel I converted to Christianity."

"Oh (groan) what have I done?" the father thought. So in the tradition of the patriarchs he went to his best friend and sought his advice and solace.

"It is amazing that you should come to me," stated his friend, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian."

So in the traditions of the Patriarchs they went to the Rabbi. "It is amazing that you should come to me," stated the Rabbi, "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian. What is happening to our sons?

“Brothers, we must take this to the Lord," said the Rabbi. They fell to their knees and began to wail and pour out their hearts to the Almighty.

As they prayed, the clouds above opened and a mighty voice stated, "Amazing that you should come to Me. I, too, sent My Son to Israel..."

Jesus is keenly aware that He is sent.
He is supremely aware of His high dignity.
And while He is aware of these things, He consistently speaks in terms of obedience and service.
For Jesus is not in this for Himself.
This will be abundantly clear at the Garden of Gethsemane and Calvary.
And when He prays, “Not My will, but Yours be done,” He exalts the Father.

II. The second claim Jesus made was in regard to ETERNITY (51-53).

[51] “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” [52] The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ [53] Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”

1. We will never die when we are followers of Jesus.

When the word of Jesus is in us, and we do it, Jesus says that we will not even notice death.
Literally, “Death he will not see.”
The believer takes little notice of death.
Why?
Death is a non-issue.

This is why when we hold memorial services, they have a celebratory aspect to them.
Physical death is a promotion to eternal life.

As He talks about death…

2. Jesus directs our attention to His timelessness.

The Jewish leaders cannot fathom Jesus’ statement.
For Jesus implies that He has what the ancients do not have – power over death.
So their response is, “Can you truly be greater than Abraham?”
“Come on now!”
“That is truly unbelievable.”
What is truly difficult for them is that Jesus is aware of the implications and He still makes the claims.
For what Jesus implies here is that He is greater.
He is bigger than the ancients.
He is superior over death, so much so, that He can prevent it.
This means that if He is superior to death, He is timeless.
He is eternal.

III. The third claim Jesus made was in regard to EXPECTATION (54-56).

[54] Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ [55] But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. [56] Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”

1. Jesus establishes
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