We read Jesus’ great testimony of His eternality, His self-sufficiency, His sheer power and all-encompassing nature and like Moses hearing this same Name from the burning bush we may be sure we are standing on holy ground. What does He mean, really? Let’s look at some other Scriptures that illuminate this text:
“He is before all things, and by him all things hold together”. Paul joins with John’s witness. (Colossians 1:17 CSB)
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God…upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power” the writer of Hebrews records. (Hebrews 1:3 Amplified)
Jesus Himself gives facets of meaning, recorded in John (references listed at bottom): I am bread, I am light, I am gate, I am shepherd; I am resurrection, I am the way, the truth and the life; I am the vine. He compels His hearers to “come” and “enter” and “follow” and “listen to” and “continue to live in” and “dwell in” Him. Dwell in Him, I AM.
I confess yielding to adulterous temptation over the years~coming to Jesus my true love and life, then leaving Him for lesser loves and sufficiencies. Drawing near to “I Have” and not dwelling with “I AM”. In the grace in which I stand I hear His voice: Who is your truest friend, your surest guide, your power over sin which kills? I AM! Who is your sustenance, your truth, your access to Father? I AM! Who is your righteousness, your freedom, your love to share? I AM!
Family of God, what blessed truth! Ponder this! Jesus, I AM, beckons you to come to Him and remain with Him. What will meditating on and trusting in Him as I AM mean for you in the days to come?
Come to Jesus. And Dwell.
“All the fitness He requires is to feel your need of Him” Hymn, Come Ye Sinners
- John 6:35
- John 8:12
- John 10:7-9
- John 10:10-14
- John 11:23-26
- John 14:4-6
- John 15:1