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Summary: Before Abraham was born, I AM. At first blush it seems a strange thing for Jesus to say. Even Jesus’grammar would appear to be up the wall. But is it?

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19-01-03 Stody

This year we plan to base the themes of our services in Stody around some of the "I AM" statements of Jesus in the Gospel according to St. John

1. Before Abraham was born, I AM (Jn 8:58)

2. I am the Bread of life (Jn 6:35)

3. I am the Resurrection and the Life (Jn 11;25)

4. I am from above (Jn 8:23

5. I am the Light of the World (Jn 9:5)

6. I am the True Vine (Jn 15:1)

7. I am the Son of God (Jn 10:36)

8. I am the Good Shepherd (Jn 10:14)

9. I am the Door (Jn 10:7)

10. I am the Way the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6)

This morning we shall look at the passage in which Jesus said: Before Abraham was born, I AM

(Jn 8:58)

Illustration: THE MARS BAR QUESTION

There is a show on television "Wheel of Fortune" in the UK where the contestants have to guess a word or phrase, based on consanants that are revealed on a display board. When it is a player’s turn ,he or she can guess if a consanant is in the word or phrase.

If that letter is present, it is displayed on a board, and this process goes on until enough letters to guess the word or phrase.

I’d like to do something like that this morning

I have eight words – jumbled up, which I would like you to guess.

And the first letter of each word goes to form a proper word, which is the subject of my talk this morning. And the person who guesses it will get a mars bar when you can guess the word.

You - what I would call another person

when talking to him/her

I - a personal pronoun

Isaiah - the name of a famous OT prophet

Tony - a nickname for the prime minister

Deity - another word for God

English - a nationality that many of us are

Timothy - two books in the NT are addressed to him

Name - what you are called

Put them in order to read: IDENTITY

From the day you are born to the day you die, you have an identity.

1. NAME

It is usually the name you parents give you at birth, but you can develop a nickname. My brother Adrian was always called Eddie, because when my sister Sue was small she couldn’t say Adrian but only Eddie!

Illustration:

When you go to a party, the first thing someone who doesn’t know you asks is your name!

And in the Bible names meant something. For example, Jonathan, the name of our eldest means “gift of God” and Christopher our second means “the Christ bearer”

And Martin comes from the Roman God of war Mars!

Let’s park that for a moment

Story: A mission for Moses

Come back with me 4,000 years - to the land of Midian, in the Middle East. An Egyptian prince has fled from his country for killing a man. And now, forty years on, he is a shepherd tending his sheep in the desert.

As he is strolling about, he sees a bush on fire. Nothing particularly unusual about this in the hot desert, where there is little vegetation and a small fire like that will soon burn out without causing any damage.

But as he looks at it – he suddenly realises that the bush is not being burnt up. He goes closer to look and a voice says to him: Moses, take your sandals off because you are on holy ground.

And God commissions Moses to take the Israelites out of Egypt.


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