God revealed His name to Moses as “I AM THAT I AM” (Exo 3:14), conveying His unchanging, timeless nature. Jesus later stated to the Jews, “Before Abraham was, I AM” (Joh 8:58). They “took up stones to cast at Him,” clearly demonstrating that they understood the implications of this statement. He was claiming deity. This “I AM” claim of Jesus is found seven more times in John’s Gospel.
“I am the Bread of Life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger” (Joh 6:35 KJV). Fame, fortune, and pleasure will never fully satisfy the human heart. Turn from sin and place your faith in the Bread of Life; therein is the singular source of lasting joy and spiritual fulfilment.
“I am the Light of the World: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (Joh 8:12 KJV). As sunlight is essential for life on earth, so the “Son’s light” is needed for eternal life. Sadly, we love darkness because of sin. Sin leads to death and eternal outer darkness (Mat 13:50; 22:13). How marvelous that Christ endured the darkness of Calvary so we can have the “light of life.”
“I am the Door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (Joh 10:9 KJV). Christ is the only safety from God’s judgment for sin. Just as stepping through an open door requires an act of our will, salvation is a deliberate decision. Everyone who trusts Christ “shall be saved” from judgment. The door is open now; after death or the Rapture, it will be closed forever (Luk 13:25). Will you enter?
“I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (Joh 10:11 KJV). Because of His sinless perfection, the term “good” best describes God’s Son. As the Good Shepherd, He has tender compassion for lost sinners who, like sheep, have gone astray. That love was fully displayed when He laid down His life at Calvary.
“I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (Joh 11:25 KJV). Jesus had the authority to both lay down His life and take it up again. His power over death was displayed when He raised Lazarus, and at His own resurrection. How thrilling that all who are “dead in trespasses and in sins” (Eph 2:1) can have eternal life through Christ.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Joh 14:6 KJV). Christ is the only way to the Father. As the truth, He is the only source of freedom from sin (Joh 8:32-36). Lastly, He is the source of eternal life (Joh 10:10).
“I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me … bringeth forth much fruit” (Joh 15:5 KJV). To bear fruit, branches must draw nutrients from the vine. Similarly, fruitfulness for God is through trusting Christ, the True Vine. Unfruitful branches are eventually cast into the fire (Joh 15:6), the final destination for unrepentant sinners who refuse to abide in Christ for salvation.
Consider these marvelous “I AM” statements of the Lord Jesus and trust Him as your Saviour today.