Summary: Jehovahistic Names of Jesus
1. The eight-fold “I Am’s” were most impressive and unique to the early church. Found only in John.
2. “I Am” identified with the name Jehovah who is the LORD. The name Jehovah comes from a derivative of the first person, “I Am that I Am.” He is the self-existing One (Ex. 3:14).
3. The name Jehovah was so respected that the Old Testament Jews would not say it, nor write it with a used pen.
I Am the Bread of Life John 6:35
I Am the Light of the World John 8:12
I Am the Door John 10:9
I Am the Good Shepherd John 10:11
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
I Am . . . I Am John 4:26; 8:58; 13:13; 18:5-6, 8
B. I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE (JOHN 6:35)
1. Messiah would find hidden ark and produce eternal bread (6:26-34).
2. Eating bread is a symbol of believing to have life.
3. Jesus is Bread of ________________________ Life (6:32-34).
4. Jesus is Bread of ________________________ Life (6:35-36).
5. Jesus is Bread of ________________________ Life (6:37-47).
6. Jesus is Bread of ________________________ Life (6:48-59).
7. Eating (phagein), (John 6:50-53), is reference to “once and for all” salvation. Eating (trogon), (John 54, 56, 58), is growing. Active as a continued act of eating or munching. It speaks of fellowship with Christ.
C. I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD (8:12)
1. Context, the blackness of sin, i.e., trying to stone a woman.
2. Reference to: (1) rising sun, (2) the feast of Tabernacles – candles lit, (3) the pillar of fire was considered a theophany, (4) Messiah’s coming associated with light (Isa. 9:2; 42:6; 49:6).
3. Jesus is the light in spiritual darkness (to shine in the conscience). A reference to conviction and illumination.
D. I AM THE DOOR (10:9)
1. The door to the fold of salvation.
2. Jesus emphasized the exclusiveness by the article “the” and “by Me.”
3. Jesus emphasizes freedom, “shall go in and out,” and growth “find food.”
E. I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD (10:11)
1. Good (Kalos) has moral overtones, not just beautiful.
2. Four times He lays down His life for the sheep (10:11, 15, 17-18).
3. “Other sheep” a reference to Gendiles/the church.
F. I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE (11:25-26)
1. Martha – the resurrection as physical. Jesus – the resurrection is both-physical and spiritual.
2. Two-fold promise. (1) Those physically dead shall rise again. (2) Those spiritually dead can receive eternal life.
G. I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE (14:6)
1. The way (hados) was road or highway.
a. He is the highway to heaven.
b. He is the only highway.
c. Acknowledged by the disciples (Acts 4:12).
d. Jesus is the fountainhead of truth.
e. Life is fundamental to the nature of God/Jesus (John 1:4).
H. I AM THE TRUE VINE (15:1, 5)
1. True (alethine) genuineness as opposed to false. Jesus is the true vine, when Israel was the false vine (Isa. 5:1-7).
2. The source of the metaphor, (1) vines were plentiful, (2) vine on temple gate, (3) vine a national symbol – engraved on coins, (4) cup of last supper.
3. Taught union and communion. Believers were united to Jesus in salvation. “I in you” believers were to have a constant relationship “abide in Me” (vv. 4-5).
I. I AM . . . I AM
1. Jesus could have said I Am (Gk. Eimi) but He used the empathic (ego eimi). Several times Jesus used the emphatic, “I Am” but did not use a direct object. This was not a failure to finish the sentience, but an affirmation of being Jehovah (Ex. 3:14).
2. “I that speak unto thee Am” (4:26), “when ye have lifted up the Son of Man, ye shall know that I Am” (8:24, 28). “Before Abraham was, I Am” (8:58), “Ye call Me Master and Lord . . . for so I Am” (13:13). “Whom seek ye? They answered, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them I Am He” (18:4-5).
If you have never really accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, would you do it right now? Do not delay or put it off. If you would like to receive Christ by faith, pray this simple prayer in your heart:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus died for my sins on the cross, and rose again the third day. I repent of my sins. By faith I receive the Lord Jesus as my Savior. You promised to save me, and I believe You, because You are God and cannot lie. I believe right now that the Lord Jesus is my personal Savior, and that all my sins are forgiven through His precious blood. I thank You, dear Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.